Kazakhstan refuses to participate in NATO training in Georgia
Kazakhstan will not participate in the NATO military training to be held in Georgia in late May, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported country's Defense Ministry as saying.
"Kazakhstan will not participate in the training," RIA Novosti quoted agency's interlocutor as saying.
Kazakhstan was originally announced participant of the training.
Corporative Longbow 09 /Corporative Lancer 09 multinational training is expected to begin on May 6 and run through June 1 in Georgia. As many as 1,300 military men from 19 alliance member states and partners will participate. Arms and military equipment will not be used during the training.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev disapproves the upcoming training claiming that NATO's move to hold training in Georgia will not contribute to ties with Russia.
CIS Defense Ministers Council chairman Alexander Sinayskiy said NATO military training to be held in Georgia under the UN auspice is a political demarche by the alliance.