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. CSTO AND “EXTENDED DETERRENCE” CONCEPTION IN THE NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT

Sergei Minasyan

Resume^ The states participate in the military and political unions if these unions provide their national security, which includes aggression on behalf of the third states. Possibility to provide “extended deterrence” with the usage of the CSTO resources and bilateral Armenian-Russian relations are the main priority for Armenia’s participation in the CSTO under the conditions of preserving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. At the same time it is obvious for Yerevan that currently readiness to fulfill their allied responsibilities by its CSTO allies in Central Asian and Belarus is merely technically and politically unrealizable. Only Russia remains and this in fact makes the presence of the CSTO in the South Caucasus formal and reduces it to exclusively bilateral Armenian-Russian format.