Bordyuzha: the use of CSTO forces in a ground operation in Syria excluded

Bordyuzha: the use of CSTO forces in a ground operation in Syria excluded

MOSCOW, 12 February. The holding forces of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) any ground operations in Syria are excluded, told reporters the Secretary-General of the organization Nikolai Bordyuzha.

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“To say that our leaders will take the decision to conduct a ground operation outside, not serious,” he said, answering the question of whether ground forces of the CSTO is to be used in Syria.

Secretary General of the organization stressed that “the use of the military potential of the CSTO can only be carried out on the territory of the participating countries, the heads of States”.

At the beginning of October 2015, a few days after the start of the operation of the aerospace defence forces of Russia in Syria, Bordyuzha said that the need to involve other countries of the CSTO “not yet”. The Russian Federation has accepted the decision on carrying out of operation “as a sovereign country, in its sovereign capacity”, underlined the Secretary General of the organization.

Russia began attacking the militants in Syria September 30, 2015, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The operation involved Air and space power, a series of blows suffered by the Navy. In Moscow have repeatedly stressed that they did not plan to conduct a ground operation on Syrian territory.

The Treaty on collective security was signed in spring 1992 and entered into force in 1994. Actually, the CSTO was formed in the spring of 2002. Now it includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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