September 23
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As a result of the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Astana, the presidents of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have reached agreements that could significantly transform the organization, writes Russian Kommersant newspaper. 

First of all CSTO plans to strengthen the defense in cyberspace, as the regimes in Egypt and Libya have been overthrown mainly thanks to Twitter and Facebook, the newspaper writes.

The issue of prevention of possible revolutions in CSTO zone prevailed during the preparatory meetings, diplomats preparing the meeting told the newspaper.

“Previously, some countries perceived membership in the organization as a burden. Later they were sobered by the developments in Africa. The unrests made it clear that we are united by a desire to resist such destructive tendencies,” sources told the daily.

Secondly, members of the bloc decided to strengthen the Collective Rapid Reaction Force which may be involved in case of Arabic scenario.

“However, an agreement reached back in 2009 has to be ratified. Uzbekistan has not ratified the document, as President Islam Karimov did not attend the Astana summit. If all the documents are ratified by December, the CSTO will get a new appearance,” the newspaper writes.



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