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David Stepanyan

Forecast: Membership in CSTO will allow Baku to start military  operations in Artsakh

Forecast: Membership in CSTO will allow Baku to start military  operations in Artsakh

ArmInfo. Despite the fact  that so far the talk is exclusively about granting Azerbaijan  observer status in the CSTO, Armenia and Artsakh should take into  account the possible consent of Baku to full membership in this  Organization. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, former  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Artsakh Arman Melikyan expressed a  similar opinion to ArmInfo.

On September 12, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov stated in  Yerevan that Russia was not opposed to Azerbaijan becoming an  observer in the CSTO, stressing the Organization's readiness to  cooperate with all former Soviet republics.

"Membership in the CSTO will allow Baku to attract Artsakh to the  attention of the other member countries and the CSTO itself. In this  case, at the request of the Azerbaijani authorities, Artsakh may well  become the area of special military operations. At a minimum,  Azerbaijan will use membership in the CSTO as a new opportunity to  build up pressure in Artsakh, "he stressed.

According to the diplomat, Moscow is experiencing a logically  justified interest in establishing as close cooperation with Baku as  possible, including within the framework of the CSTO. In this sense,  according to his forecasts, observer status can become only the first  step of Azerbaijan, followed by full membership.  In this light,  Melikyan is convinced of the need for Yerevan's immediate reaction in  the form of blocking any steps aimed at gaining observer status or  membership in the CSTO by Azerbaijan. The diplomat emphasized that in  this particular case it does not matter at all who will come forward  with the corresponding proposal.  The agreement about Collective  Security Treaty Organization was signed in Tashkent on May 15, 1992.  Currently, the CSTO members are Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. 

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