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    Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said that (CSTO) is expected to announce a nominee for the position of secretary general of the organization on Monday during a CSTO summit.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is expected to announce a nominee for the position of secretary general of the organization on Monday during a CSTO summit, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday.

    "There is a working discussion on going on this issue. A final decision is expected from the [CSTO] leaders on Monday. They are currently discussing several options," Ushakov told a press briefing.

    He added that the position of the CSTO secretary-general has been made rotational, following the order of Russian alphabet, meaning an Armenian representative is expected to become the new CSTO chief.

    The CSTO is a Russia-led intergovernmental military alliance, devised as a counterweight to NATO. The treaty, signed in 1992, currently has six members — all post-Soviet states — namely Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

    During the September CSTO summit, the six countries considered the election of a new secretary general to lead the organization, but long-standing acting CSTO chief Nikolai Bordyuzha, who has headed the alliance since 2003, has until now remained in office.


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