MOSCOW, March 19 -- The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), an Eurasian security bloc, on Wednesday criticized NATO's self-propaganda through the Ukraine crisis.
"Ukraine is not a NATO member, so the attempt to engage the bloc into mounting pressure on Russia is nothing but a desire of (NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh) Rasmussen to promote himself through Ukrainian domestic political problems," CSTO secretary-general Nikolai Bordyuzha said in a statement.
Russia currently chairs the CSTO which also comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Bordyuzha said any attempt to engage any international alliance and organization into Ukrainia's domestic affairs is "counterproductive and provocative."
The CSTO head is responding to Rasmussen's statements that Russia's actions in Ukraine required international response.
After meeting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia in Brussels on Monday, Rasmussen also said NATO will more actively involve Ukraine in its multinational projects regarding the development of military potentials.
On Friday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Kiev was in talks with the United States and the NATO over a possible military technical assistance, a day after Moscow deployed six SU-27 fighters in Belarus to counter possible NATO activities.