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Why Russia's Military Alliance Is Not the Next NATO

Jan 10, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
Why Russia's Military Alliance Is Not the Next NATO
The Collective Security Council of the CSTO meets in Moscow. The months ahead will not be easy for the bloc as it searches for solutions to several divisive issues and leadership vacancies.
(ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

For nearly a decade, Russia has tried to use the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to make inroads into nearby states that once belonged to the Soviet Union. When the Soviet empire collapsed in 1991, the Moscow-led military bloc emerged from the ensuing turmoil, an alliance designed to serve as a Eurasian NATO of sorts. Yet despite Russia's best efforts, the CSTO has not become the powerful tool Moscow hoped for....

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