Azerbaijan not interested in joining NATO, CSTO

May 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 24 (UPI) -- An Azerbaijani official says the country will not join NATO or the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, but will cooperate with both.

The comments were made Friday by Ali Gasanov, head of the presidential department for socio-political issues, at an international forum called "Azerbaijan's European Path: Achievements and Potentialities," RIA Novosti reported.

"As Azerbaijan has been participating in NATO's Partnership for Peace program since 1995 we envision our future security model within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement," Gasanov said. "Therefore, Azerbaijan will neither be a member of NATO nor the CSTO, while cooperating with both."

Gasanov said Azerbaijan is most interested in joining the European Union.

"Our future path is integration with European nations," he said.

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