ArmInfo. And about. Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan urged to be patient and wait for December 6 on the issue of the CSTO Secretary General.
So, on November 12, in an interview with journalists, answering the question whether his opinion on the question of who should take the post of CSTO Secretary General, Tonoyan in particular, changed: "My opinion has not changed. However, I urge everyone to wait for December 6, since discussions on this issue were narrow, the information is not available. But, since the decision was made on the basis of consensus - to address this issue on December 6, I do not consider it correct to give any assessment.
However, the. the minister did not agree with the allegations that the loss of the Secretary General's post in the organization could harm Armenia from the point of view that the organization would not make statements on issues of concern to the Armenian side, including in the event of an aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border. Tonoyan stressed that the CSTO statement on a particular issue does not depend on the nationality of its Secretary General. According to him, this is an international position. "Armenia has more than a year of the presidency, however, in any case, the decision will be made by consensus, but for now the organization functions under the guidance of the acting chairman. CSTO Secretary General Valeria Semerikova>, - concluded Tonoyan.
Days before, Tonoyan told reporters in parliament that his position on the post of CSTO Secretary General remains unchanged - Armenia should continue its chairmanship in the structure.
It should be noted that the post of Secretary General of the CSTO until November of this year was held by Yuri Khachaturov. On July 26, the Special Investigation Service of Armenia charged Khachaturov with the overthrow of the constitutional July 28 court of general jurisdiction of Yerevan released Khachaturov on a written undertaking not to leave after paying a deposit of 5 million drams ($ 10,000).
On November 2, by the decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council, Khachaturov was dismissed from the post of Secretary General of the organization. Early review was initiated by the Armenian side. After that, "Kommersant", citing its sources, reported that the CSTO was discussing the appointment of Secretary General of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zasya by the Secretary General. This information has not been confirmed or refuted.
Meanwhile, on November 8 in Astana, the leaders of the CSTO were to elect a new secretary general of the organization, but the issue was moved to the agenda of the meeting of the heads of state on December 6 in St. Petersburg.
The Armenian side insists that the post of general secretary should remain with Armenia, since this issue is not connected with this or that person, but with the statutory norms of rotation per countries.