Armenia demanded an official apology from Lukashenko or Belarus’ withdrawal from the CSTO

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Armenia demanded an official apology from Lukashenko or Belarus’ withdrawal from the CSTO

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made a statement that Yerevan may reconsider its attitude towards the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and remain part of the organization if Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko apologizes to Armenia or if Belarus leaves the CSTO. The announcement comes amid growing tensions and divisions within the organization.

Pashinyan noted that Armenia has always been committed to the principles of collective security and cooperation, however, recent events and the behavior of some CSTO members call into question the advisability of the country’s continued participation in this alliance. He emphasized that in order to maintain the unity and effectiveness of the CSTO, respect for the interests of all participating countries is necessary.

“I declare that I will never visit Belarus while Alexander Lukashenko is president: from now on, not a single official representative of Armenia will visit Belarus. One of the CSTO leaders states that he participated in the preparation of the 44-day war, encouraged, believed, and wished victory for Azerbaijan. And after that I will go to discuss the issue with the President of Belarus in the CSTO format? Aren't you talking about dignity, integrity? There is a situation that in the EAEU, in the CSTO, in some sense I will be forced”, - said Pashinyan.

The conflict between Yerevan and Minsk has escalated in recent months amid mutual accusations and dissatisfaction with each other’s actions within the CSTO.

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