ArmInfo. All statements, decisions, intentions about membership in the CSTO or obtaining observer status should be received in the prescribed manner by the secretariat, I have no applications from Azerbaijan, or anything like that. On September 12, the acting CSTO Secretary General Valery Semerikov said in an interview with reporters.
"This issue has not been considered. Someone said from the rostrum, expressed their personal subjective opinions and this issue was spread. This is not right. There are rules and procedures, there are provisions approved by the heads of state, there are requirements for partners and observers, and they should be strictly implemented. Only after this the issue of membership or partnership, or observation can be considered, "Semerikov emphasized, while advising those interested to visit CSTO website to familiarize themselves with the rules and procedures of membership or an gaining an observer status in the organization.
He once again recalled that according to the CSTO regulatory framework, all decisions are made strictly by consensus, that is, with the consent of all states and if there is no consent of one state, the decision will not will be adopted. As an example, he cited the situation with appointment of the new CSTO Secretary General. "Yuri Ivanovich (Chairman of the International Commission on Military-Economic Cooperation Yuri Borisov - Ed. note) said in the context of the fact that our doors are not closed for anyone. Any state may express a desire to become a partner, observer or member of the Organization, but there are certain restrictions, which are stated in the documents. And the fact that someone, somewhere from the rostrum or on the sidelines said something means nothing, you know, we also say a lot of things: ", Semerikov concluded.
To the journalist's comment on the sale by Russia of arms to Azerbaijan, CSTO acting Secretary General in particular, said: "You know, I do not sell weapons!"