Political scientist Shimov proposed to transform the CSTO into an analogue of NATO with a common arms policy
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Russia needs to send a powerful signal to NATO by creating an analogue of the alliance commensurate in strength with the original by improving the CSTO. This proposal was made by the Belarusian political scientist Vsevolod Shimov in an interview with Ukraina.ru.
“The best answer, in my opinion, would be the transformation of the CSTO into an analogue of NATO, that is, into an organization with coordinated command and control of troops, a common arms policy and permanent bases on the territory of the participating countries. This would indeed be a signal that a stable military-political bloc is being formed around Russia. Alas, this is not the case so far, and the CSTO is more likely to remain a kind of military “club”,” the expert said.
He noted that a good example showing the shortcomings of the CSTO in its current form is the recent situation with the entry and hasty withdrawal of the organization's forces from Kazakhstan, which turned out to be poorly organized, but such an experience should be taken into account and learned from it. Also, in his opinion, the deployment of a nuclear arsenal in Belarus would be a significant “higher stakes”, but Shimov noted that this is unlikely to happen.
Earlier, military expert Alexander Zhilin said that this year NATO plans to imitate the deployment of its military complexes and bases in Ukraine, and Russia, in turn, will not demand something extraordinary from the West. He stated that despite the fact that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg indicated that the organization had already decided to accept Ukraine and Georgia into its ranks, this does not mean serious steps and is only a “game on the nerves” of Moscow.