Putin’s CSTO Friends Backpedal, Do Not Want to Board His “Titanic”

The head of the aggressor country, Vladimir Putin, gathered the presidents of Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan at a CSTO meeting to assemble a “pathetic semblance” of the Warsaw Pact. But all this action looked like a funeral, as none of the invited heads of state wanted to board the “Titanic” — Putin’s Russia — and help it, including with weapons.

In the face of the success of the Ukrainian army in the war unleashed by Putin, even his long-time satellite, the self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, has backed down. This opinion was expressed by Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-director of the Razumkov Centre’s Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes and military expert, in an exclusive interview with OBOZREVATEL.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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