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    Russia Rules Out CSTO Cooperation With NATO in Afghanistan

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    Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan said that it was NATO who had refused to cooperate with CSTO.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The issue of cooperation between NATO and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Afghanistan is off the table, despite the increasing threat from the Islamic State, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said Tuesday.

    "The topic can be considered closed, and not by our initiative. It is NATO who refused to cooperate with CSTO. The fact is that this region is a part of the larger Eurasian region, and we understand that neither the Americans nor NATO can do the work for us," Kabulov, who also heads the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department, told RIA Novosti.

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