November 29, 2023 - 12:50 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Yerevan’s dissatisfaction with the CSTO is justified, since Armenia became a member of the Organization for one reason – to ensure its security, the head of the parliamentary commission on financial, credit and budgetary issues Gevorg Papoyan said Tuesday, November 28.
“And when Armenia had security problems, the CSTO did not react in any way,” Papoyan said in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia.
“We want to understand: will it be like this from now on? Will membership in the CSTO guarantee territorial integrity, the security of our country’s borders, the security system?”
Papoyan stressed that Armenia’s partners in the CSTO must answer said question.
A CSTO summit in Minsk on November 23 took place against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the organization and Armenia. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan previously accused the CSTO of failing to provide assistance to Yerevan during Azerbaijan’s aggression in May 2021 and September 2022. Against this background, Yerevan asked the CSTO to remove the issue of assistance to the country from the agenda, and Pashinyan himself informed the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko that he did not intend to go to Minsk. The Foreign Minister and Defense Minister of Armenia did not attend the CSTO events before the summit. At the same time, Yerevan has declares it was not going to leave the CSTO.