Pashinyan CSTO Scandal

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Pashinyan threatens to de jure freeze Armenia's participation in the CSTO

Armenia is considering the possibility of de jure freezing its participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), as follows from statements by the country's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. After the already announced de facto suspension of participation due to the failure to fulfill the organization’s obligations towards Armenia, Yerevan expresses deep dissatisfaction with the CSTO’s attitude towards its obligations. Pashinyan emphasized the absence of an Armenian representative in the organization and non-participation in its events, pointing to the CSTO’s failure to fulfill its functions as a guarantor of the country’s security.

In response to these allegations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that Moscow continues to consider Armenia a full member of the CSTO and rejects Yerevan’s reproaches against the organization. Zakharova recalled the steps taken by Russia and the CSTO to assess the situation in Armenia and prepare measures to ensure security, which were rejected by the Armenian authorities.

This position of Armenia indicates growing tension in relations with the CSTO and highlights Yerevan’s search for independence in matters of national security. This development calls into question Armenia's future engagement within the organization and could significantly impact regional security in the South Caucasus.

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