Moscow's European security gambit
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The gestation period for the Russian draft Treaty of European Security was unusually long. Newly elected Dmitry Medvedev announced on May 8, 2008, that he was going to come up with a new plan for European security, and the draft treaty was only published on November 30, 2009...the invitation to alliances and international organizations to become signatories has two objectives. One is to strengthen the legitimacy of the weak organizations founded and supported by Russia (the CIS (Commonwealth of Indepedent States) and CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization). The other goal is to dilute somewhat the collective security obligations of NATO members. According to the draft treaty, the policies of existing "military alliances" are not supposed to impact negatively the security of other parties. It is not clear at all how the approval of the treaty by alliances/organization would affect the relationships of their members vis-a-vis the treaty.
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