The ground for the AzerbaijanвЂ™s non-involvement in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is on the surface, as another CSTO member state, Armenia occupied 20 per cent of the countryвЂ™s territory. It was the comment of the political researches sector head of the socio-political department of the AzerbaijanвЂ™s President administration Fuad Ahundov on the statement of the chairman of the CIS issues committee of the Council of Federation (CF) Vadim Gustov that the вЂњoil resources is one of the reasons for Azerbaijan to refuse the CSTO membershipвЂќ.
В"The GustovвЂ™s statement is based on the strange logic. It would be interesting to learn, what reasoning he used as he arrived to such a conclusionвЂќ, Ahundov noted, underlying вЂњnot only Azerbaijan, any other country in such a situation would not even think of joining the military-defense organization together with the country, which had occupied its territoryвЂќ.
It should be noted, while talking with journalists in Erevan, the CF chairman on CIS issues said in a statement, вЂњthe Americans will do their utmost to pull out Georgia from the CIS membership, as the oil and gas pipelines go through this country. A special attention is also paid to Azerbaijan, taking into account the Caspian oil reserves. The oil resources are one of the reasons for the AzerbaijanвЂ™s denial to be involved in CSTO.