Pashinyan explained why he hasn't made a decision to exit the Collective Security Treaty Organization

He clarified that Armenia would use the last opportunity to convey its position to the CSTO, as making a mistake here is not an option.

27/11/2023 - 10:39

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the decision regarding a potential withdrawal from the CSTO would be made considering the state interests of the republic.

According to him, if there's no decision at the moment to exit the organization, it means it's in the best interest of the state. He added that even though the actions of the CSTO don't align with Armenia's interests, the country's authorities will first attempt to convey their position.

"Our partners in the CSTO should also understand us. If, as members of the CSTO, we cannot obtain the necessary help and support we need, and simultaneously membership poses an insurmountable obstacle to getting assistance from other sides, then we must make a decision based on our interests," said Pashinyan.

He emphasized that Armenia will seize the last opportunity to communicate its stance to the CSTO because making a mistake here is impermissible.

Earlier, Armenian Parliament Speaker Alen Simonyan mentioned he wouldn't attend the CSTO summit in December. He stated that the organization doesn't fully fulfill its obligations to Armenia. Additionally, he clarified that Yerevan's collaboration with the organization isn't suspended, and there's no talk of an exit yet.

Armenian Defense Minister Suren Papikyan didn't participate in the CSTO sessions held on November 22–23 in Minsk. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan also didn't attend. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was absent from the summit as well.

Pashinyan previously mentioned that Armenia remains in the Collective Security Treaty Organization because discussions regarding the understanding of positions are ongoing, and the republic doesn't want to make a mistake.

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