According to the Prime Minister of Armenia, the document is not “completed enough”.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Photo: EPA-EFE
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan did not sign the draft “Declaration of the CSTO Collective Security Council on joint measures to provide assistance to the Republic of Armenia”. According to the prime minister, the document is not sufficiently completed.
“Lack of a clear political assessment of the situation <...> it may mean not only the CSTO’s refusal to fulfill allied obligations, but may also be interpreted by Azerbaijan as a green signal from the CSTO for further aggression against Armenia. And this contradicts not only the letter, but also the spirit and meaning of the CSTO foundational documents. Therefore, based on this, dear colleagues, at the moment I consider that the draft “CSTO CSC Declaration on joint measures to provide assistance to the Republic of Armenia” submitted for signature is not sufficiently completed, and in this form, with all due respect, not I am ready to sign these documents,” Pashinyan said in his closing speech at the summit of CSTO member states on Wednesday.
Pashinyan reminded the heads of state that the risk of further aggression by Azerbaijan against Armenia’s territorial integrity remains. “CSTO General Secretary Stanislav Zas reported on this at an extraordinary meeting of the CSC on October 28 this year,” the head of the Armenian Cabinet said.
On the night of September 13, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported on the bombing of some Armenian settlements by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. Baku said this was a response to Yerevan’s provocations. The Security Council of Armenia held an emergency meeting, during which it was decided to request help from Russia to use the provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, as well as the CSTO and the UN Security Council.