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Armenia suspended its participation in Russia-controlled CSTO

Feb 23, 2024

Armenia has "frozen" its participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), where Russia plays a dominant role.

This was stated by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with France 24.


He noted that Armenia had "frozen" its membership in the CSTO because the collective security treaty was not implemented in relation to Yerevan, especially in 2021-2022.

"We have suspended our participation. Let's see what happens next," Pashinyan said.

At the same time, the prime minister said that the issue of closing the Russian military base in Armenia "is not on the agenda".

Pashinyan also criticized the Russian authorities, saying that several months ago Moscow "openly called on the Armenian population to overthrow the government." He believes that Russian propaganda against him is not decreasing.

It should be noted that the Russian military base was deployed in northern Armenia under a 1995 agreement between Moscow and Yerevan. The agreement was extended until 2044.

As a reminder, in September 2023, Azerbaijan conducted "anti-terrorist measures" in Nagorno-Karabakh, as a result of which the unrecognized "republic" surrendered.

Armenia refused to deploy its army to the region. The head of the Armenian government recognized Azerbaijan's area of 86.6 thousand square kilometers, including Nagorno-Karabakh. However, a peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan has not yet been concluded.

In addition, Moscow was involved in the conflict. Russian so-called peacekeepers were stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 23/02/2024

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