YEREVAN — Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Armenia next week to attend a summit of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti. .
The CSTO Collective Security Council will discuss international and regional security issues as well as improving the CSTO crisis response system and common measures of assistance to the Republic of Armenia.
The session will be chaired by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan, President Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyzstan and President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan are also expected to attend the event.
One of the issues the CSTO will discuss at the November 23 meeting in Yerevan will be the improvement of the CSTO crisis response system and the discussion of joint measures to provide assistance to Armenia following the invasion of Azerbaijani troops into the sovereign territory of Armenia.
Taking into account that the Republic of Belarus will assume the rotating presidency of the CSTO in 2022-2023, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will present the country’s priorities to be implemented next year.
CSTO leaders will sign a set of documents related to the joint training of CSTO peacekeeping forces on CSTO radiation protection, chemical and biological protection and medical support. CSTO leaders will also review the organization’s budget for 2023.
A joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Defense Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils will be held before the CSTO leaders’ meeting.
Prime Minister Pashinyan hopes that CSTO leaders will denounce Azerbaijan’s occupation of parts of sovereign Armenian territory.
Addressing the National Assembly on Wednesday, Pashinyan stressed that Yerevan had “no desire to incite a war” between the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Azerbaijan, but warned that a stance politics of the bloc which also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was “very important” for Armenia and its public.
“Armenia’s position is clear – Azerbaijani troops must withdraw from the occupied territories of Armenia to the positions they occupied before May 12, 2021. The international community, in fact, supports our position. We hope the CSTO will also defend our position,” Pashinyan said.
“The kind of situation is strange because it would seem that the CSTO should have clearly defended its position and that it would be necessary to work with other partners, but the situation is quite the opposite.” Pashinyan said.