Benefits of Russian troops’ presence not felt in Yerevan - Armenian Prime Minister


Benefits of Russian troops’ presence not felt in Yerevan - Armenian Prime Minister

Armenia is disappointed by the inaction of the CSTO and has not felt the benefits of Russia’s military presence on its territory, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, published on October 25.

“We are not talking about this for the first time and we have talked about the fact that in May 2021 and September 2022, Azerbaijan carried out aggressive actions against Armenia and occupied territories. The Collective Security Treaty and the Charter of the Collective Security Treaty Organization clearly state the actions to be taken when aggression against a member state occurs. What was described did not happen and, of course, it is disappointing for both the Armenian government and the Armenian public,” the prime minister said.

According to him, this situation led Yerevan to the decision to diversify the country’s security relations. At the same time, he noted that at the moment the withdrawal of Russian military bases from Armenia is not being discussed. The Prime Minister explained that the Armenian authorities are currently holding a conversation with the Russian side, so that Yerevan and Moscow “understand each other better.”

Pashinyan also explained the fact that Armenia is not leaving the CSTO, being dissatisfied with the work of the organization: “We are in the process of discussing issues, because we do not want to have misunderstood the Collective Security Treaty Organization on any issue and we do not want the Collective Security Treaty Organization to have misunderstood us on any issue. For this, we need to carry out consistent work until the time is ripe to draw any conclusions.”

The Prime Minister noted that he sees the future of the region as peaceful, meaning that “the borders of all countries in the region are open to each other on the same principles, the countries are connected by economic ties, political dialogue and conversation, and connected by cultural ties.”

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