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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kazakhs Ratify CSTO Response Force

The Kazakh parliament on Thursday ratified a Russia-backed accord to create a rapid-response force as part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, according to a statement on the parliament's web site.

The accords were signed in Moscow in June. The CSTO, a military alliance of former Soviet republics, includes Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Belarus.

The rapid-response force was proposed in February 2009 to bolster military capabilities in the region. Belarus and Uzbekistan have so far declined to participate in the force, including war games held in October. (MT)