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 Monday, September 23 2019 14:33
Ani Mshetsyan

Mikayel Melkumyan: During our visit to the Russian State Duma, the  issue of armament sales by CSTO member countries to Azerbaijan was  raised

Mikayel Melkumyan: During our visit to the Russian State Duma, the  issue of armament sales by CSTO member countries to Azerbaijan was  raised

ArmInfo.During a joint meeting of the standing parliamentary commissions in the Russian State Duma, among other issues, the issue of armament sales by CSTO member states to states having problems with one of the CSTO countries was also  raised. This was announced on September 23 at the press conference by  the head of the parliamentary commission on Eurasian integration, MP  of the National Assembly of Armenia from the Prosperous Armenia party  Mikayel Melkumyan.

He noted that of course, special attention was paid to the issue of  armament supplies to Azerbaijan, and the fact that Armenia is  concerned about this fact. According to Melkumyan, this issue met the  understanding of Russian colleagues, and they took into account this  concern.

"Naturally, we are all aware of the fact that Russia is selling  weapons to third countries based on its interests, however, when it  comes to offensive weapons of high power and long range, this issue  cannot be left without our attention. Of course, Armenia gets the  same weapons at preferential prices, however, this issue still  worries us. Moreover, we should also take into account the fact that  Armenia is a strategic ally of Russia and is a member of the  Collective Security Treaty Organization, unlike Azerbaijan, "the MP  emphasized.

Melkumyan also noted that this issue will be the subject of  discussion at the upcoming meetings in the CSTO.

The head of the parliamentary commission on Eurasian integration also  noted that issues of the expiration of the grace period for cars  imported from third countries to Armenia, the problem of the Upper  Lars, the issuance of an additional loan for further modernization  and expansion of the capabilities of the Metsamor NPP, etc. were also  discussed.

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