On December 2, a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Collective Security Council was held via videoconference. The participants discussed international security and the ways to increase the effectiveness of the organization, as well as the strengthening of inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Russia holds the organization’s rotating presidency this year, and will hand it over to Tajikistan in 2021. Currently, the CSTO consists of six countries: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the peacekeeping process were actively discussed at the summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin
“At present, the trilateral declaration of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan of November 9 is being consistently implemented. Russian peacekeepers are deployed on the line of contact and along the Lachin corridor,”Putin said at the CSTO summit.
Putin stressed out the necessity to jointly provide humanitarian aid to the citizens of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. He called on his counterparts to provide assistance in the return of refugees and the restoration of destroyed infrastructure, as well as the protection of historical, religious and cultural sites.
In his speech, Russian President pointed out great personal courage of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that was demonstrated while signing the trilateral ceasefire agreement on November 9.
“He (Nikol Pashinyan) took upon himself this responsibility. And our task is now to support the Prime Minister himself and his team in order to establish a peaceful life, achieve the implementation of all decisions and help people who find themselves in difficult life situation “, – said the President of the Russian Federation.
Nikol Pashinyan in his speech at the CSTO summit also noted Putin’s personal role in the peace agreement. However, technical problems with the microphone did not allow him to start well.
The leader’s exchange of pleasantries took place amid the continuing protests in Armenia, where people continue to require Pashinyan’s resignation.
Putin’s support to Pashinyan and his administration seem to mark a significant shift in the relationship between Moscow and Yerevan. During the last years, the current Armenian Prime Minister actively pursued anti-Russian politics and did everything possible to weaken the close ties between Yerevan and Moscow.
Even today, when Russian peacekeeping forces assure the stability in Nagorno-Karabakh region, Armenian political leadership disrespects its Russian counterparts.
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