Uzbekistan, Tashkent, July 2 / Trend, D. Azizov /
A delegation of the Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan will take part at a meeting of the Council of CIS Defense Ministers, a source in the government told Trend on Monday.
The meeting, which will be attended by delegations from defense ministries of 11 countries of the CIS, will be held in Kaliningrad on July 5 and chaired by Russian Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov.
According to the source, the Uzbek delegation will be led by Deputy Defense Minister on International Affairs, Maj. Gen. Rustam Niyazov.
Uzbekistan has officially announced its intention to withdraw from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in late June.
Uzbek Foreign Ministry has sent a relevant note to the CSTO Secretariat on June 20, 2012.
So far, official Tashkent has not commented on concrete motives and reasons justifying this decision.
The Collective Security Treaty was signed on May 15, 1992.
Uzbekistan has already suspended its membership in CSTO - in 1999 Tashkent refused to renew the treaty, but in August 2006, Uzbekistan has restored membership in the CSTO.
The CSTO tasks are protecting the territorial and economic space of the treaty member countries by joint efforts of armies and auxiliary subdivisions from external political and military aggressors, international terrorists, as well as from large scale natural disasters.
After Uzbekistan left the CSTO, its members are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
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