ロシアの安全保障と地域機構--独立国家共同体と集団安全保障機構、上海協力機構 [in Japanese] Russia's security and regional organizations: The Commonwealth of Independent States, The Collective Security Treaty Organization and The Shanghai Cooperation Organization [in Japanese]
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At the international Club Valdai meeting whose participants were domestic and foreign scholars, journalists, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated as follows. "The world changed practically straight following these events [Georgian Conflict], for Russia, August 8, 2008 is almost like September 11, 2001 for the United States. There are regions in which Russia has interests. We will defend our interests." Concerning the Kremlin's conduct in the former Soviet spaces, Moscow requests political support from CIS [The Commonwealth of Independent States], CSTO [The Collective Security Treaty Organization] and SCO [The Shanghai Cooperation Organization]. Moscow insists that the correlations among these three Organizations, including the military realm, should be strengthened. At the same time, Moscow has tried to enlarge and deepen the military cooperation between Russia and the other CSTO member states which are under the influence of Moscow. Without doubt, Russia's intention is maintaining its "traditional sphere of interests" and eliminating the influence of NATO from that sphere, in other words, enclosing the CIS countries by military means as well as politico-economical means. Moscow has not yet completed to build the security relationship between Russia and the other former Soviet countries, even though 17 years has pasted since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We need to keep watching Russian political orientation toward the regional organizations, as well as Russia's relations with each CIS countries.
- Suzuka International University journal
Suzuka International University journal (15), 1-16, 2008