Kremlin to maintain contact with Yerevan amid CSTO membership uncertainty

  13 March 2024    Read: 354
Kremlin to maintain contact with Yerevan amid CSTO membership uncertainty

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that Moscow would continue contacts with Yerevan and clarify the situation regarding its further membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO).

Peskov was asked about it in the context of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's statements, TASS reports.

The politician said that Yerevan would leave the CSTO if the structure fails to fulfil its obligations and does not recognise its zone of responsibility.

"Certainly we have heard those statements. Of course, there is a lot of work to be done. We need contacts both within the CSTO and at the bilateral level with our Armenian partners. We will clarify and talk in line with the statements made by Mr Prime Minister [of Armenia]," the Kremlin spokesman said. Peskov did not answer a question about how the CSTO treats such statements by Pashinyan, pointing to the inappropriateness of the wording itself. "This should be asked in the CSTO. It is not for us to speak on behalf of the CSTO," the Russian presidential spokesman said.

Similarly, he reacted to a question whether the current situation could be a reason for an extraordinary summit of the organisation.

"Again, this is for the CSTO to decide. Of course, there is certain work to be done within the CSTO," the Kremlin spokesman summarised.


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