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Armenia: Yerevan to remain in CSTO, though not everything agreed upon - Peskov on Pashinyan's refusal to sign summit declaration٠٠:٠٣:٠٥

Armenia: Yerevan to remain in CSTO, though not everything agreed upon - Peskov on Pashinyan's refusal to sign summit declaration

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Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov claimed that Armenia would remain a Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) member state, while speaking during the group’s summit in Yerevan on Wednesday.

"Of course, it [Armenia] will stay [in CSTO]. The event, despite all the complexity, despite the fact that, as the leaders said during their speeches, not everything was agreed upon, the event once again confirmed the relevance of this format, the relevance and viability of the CSTO," he stated.

Earlier in the session, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refused to sign a final declaration. He noted that "Armenia's membership in the CSTO has not deterred Azerbaijan from its aggressive actions, and that in fact we have not been able to reach a decision on the CSTO's response to this aggression until today".

At the briefing on the results of the summit, the organisation’s Secretary General Stanislav Zas confirmed that the Armenian side had not signed the draft decision on assistance.

"The document [on assistance to Armenia] is in a high degree of readiness, a set of measures has been agreed upon in the current difficult situation related to tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The document was recognised as prepared in general, but needs to be finalised. It has been entrusted to finalise it and submit to the heads of states for signing. The same is true about the declaration. The degree of readiness is high, but the document needs a number of corrections," commented Zas. 

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

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

Politicians discussed current issues of international and regional security, and the main results of the work carried out since the last meeting.

Armenia: Yerevan to remain in CSTO, though not everything agreed upon - Peskov on Pashinyan's refusal to sign summit declaration٠٠:٠٣:٠٥
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Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov claimed that Armenia would remain a Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) member state, while speaking during the group’s summit in Yerevan on Wednesday.

"Of course, it [Armenia] will stay [in CSTO]. The event, despite all the complexity, despite the fact that, as the leaders said during their speeches, not everything was agreed upon, the event once again confirmed the relevance of this format, the relevance and viability of the CSTO," he stated.

Earlier in the session, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refused to sign a final declaration. He noted that "Armenia's membership in the CSTO has not deterred Azerbaijan from its aggressive actions, and that in fact we have not been able to reach a decision on the CSTO's response to this aggression until today".

At the briefing on the results of the summit, the organisation’s Secretary General Stanislav Zas confirmed that the Armenian side had not signed the draft decision on assistance.

"The document [on assistance to Armenia] is in a high degree of readiness, a set of measures has been agreed upon in the current difficult situation related to tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The document was recognised as prepared in general, but needs to be finalised. It has been entrusted to finalise it and submit to the heads of states for signing. The same is true about the declaration. The degree of readiness is high, but the document needs a number of corrections," commented Zas. 

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

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

Politicians discussed current issues of international and regional security, and the main results of the work carried out since the last meeting.