UZBEKISTAN PREPARES GROUNDWORK FOR COOPERATION WITH NATO, KAZAKH SENATOR
Astana. June 29. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan's withdrawal from the Collective Security Treaty Organization comes from redirecting its foreign policy, said Senator Gani Kasimov.
"Uzbekistan was represented in the CSTO as an observer. In fact, Uzbekistan did not participate in the meetings. They were neither observers, nor anyone else," he told reporters on Friday in Astana.
"I understand that they leave to re-focus and reboot their policy. I think the Uzbek colleagues are mulling a military-political cooperation with NATO or the U.S. on a bilateral basis. The developments of the last few years -- a transit corridor and everything that Uzbekistan provided to the NATO, lays grounds for redirecting their course towards the US," said the Senator.
Member of Majilis Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security Kuanysh Sultanov said he regretted this decision Uzbekistan.
"I regret such decision. Uzbekistan has acted as an active CSTO member," he told reporters.
"The world today has become very unpredictable. The CSTO does not indicate our plans to prepare for some extremities, it is our common defense system and it would not have hurt anyone to be a part of it," Sultanov said.