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Armenia: Protesters rally against CSTO Summit in Yerevan01:03

Armenia: Protesters rally against CSTO Summit in Yerevan

Armenia, Yerevan
November 23, 2022 at 09:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of Armenia's opposition National Democratic Alliance party took part in a rally in Yerevan on Tuesday to protest against the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) summit.  

According to a statement on the party's official Facebook page, the organisers called for the country's exit from the CSTO and condemned the visit of Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko.

Ruptly footage shows protesters marching and chanting, holding placards and flags of Armenia and the United States, followed by the lighting of torches near the monument to nationalist leader Garegin Nzhdeh.   

No official information concerning arrests was been released by the authorities on the day of the protest.

The CSTO summit on Wednesday will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov and Tajik leader Emomali Rahmon.

In September, Pashinyan responded to what he called the "rapid development of some public opinions" in the country.

"There are fears [in CSTO] that Armenia will leave the CSTO, and my answer was that there are fears that the CSTO will abandon Armenia," the Prime Minister noted.

He also called for backing from the group in response to the recent escalation of conflict with Azerbaijan.

"When the events in Sotq and Khoznavar (in Nagorno-Karabakh) occurred last year, we naturally turned to the CSTO, only to be told that the line is not marked or delimited. As a result, the question of where the red line is in this case arose," he stated.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up again on the border in September, with both sides accusing each other of shelling their positions.

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Supporters of Armenia's opposition National Democratic Alliance party took part in a rally in Yerevan on Tuesday to protest against the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) summit.  

According to a statement on the party's official Facebook page, the organisers called for the country's exit from the CSTO and condemned the visit of Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko.

Ruptly footage shows protesters marching and chanting, holding placards and flags of Armenia and the United States, followed by the lighting of torches near the monument to nationalist leader Garegin Nzhdeh.   

No official information concerning arrests was been released by the authorities on the day of the protest.

The CSTO summit on Wednesday will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov and Tajik leader Emomali Rahmon.

In September, Pashinyan responded to what he called the "rapid development of some public opinions" in the country.

"There are fears [in CSTO] that Armenia will leave the CSTO, and my answer was that there are fears that the CSTO will abandon Armenia," the Prime Minister noted.

He also called for backing from the group in response to the recent escalation of conflict with Azerbaijan.

"When the events in Sotq and Khoznavar (in Nagorno-Karabakh) occurred last year, we naturally turned to the CSTO, only to be told that the line is not marked or delimited. As a result, the question of where the red line is in this case arose," he stated.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up again on the border in September, with both sides accusing each other of shelling their positions.