ArmInfo.Armenia should protect its national interests at all sites. On December 4, answering the question of MP Mikayel Zolyan about how the CSTO countries reacted to the appeal of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia to abandon arms sales to Azerbaijan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated.
According to him, the protection of national interests is especially important in the context of ensuring state security. CSTO, the Prime Minister continued, is a security system, which includes Armenia. In Bishkek, where the call was made, the question was raised in a slightly different aspect. Then it was stated that the CSTO has all the levers to prevent the escalation of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. In Bishkek, the question was raised not only about the security of Armenia, but also all the CSTO countries. Having received a crushing blow in Syria, the militants of the Islamic State will try to use Azerbaijan as their target. "According to our information, many Azerbaijani citizens are fighting in the Islamic State," the Prime Minister said, adding that then the eyes of terrorists can be turned to the west, north, south, east, and the interests of the CSTO countries can clash over this .
To recall, yesterday in Baku, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answered the call of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the CSTO countries not to sell weapons to Azerbaijan. "I can only emphasize that military-technical cooperation is one of the areas, important areas of our strategic partnership with Azerbaijan," Lavrov said, commenting on the words of the Prime Minister of Armenia. According to Lavrov, Russia and Azerbaijan are developing cooperation <absolutely transparent> and <in full accordance with international law, the norms of the legislation of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation and with full account for the balance that has developed and which is important in order to maintain stability here>. During a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Kyrgyzstan the other day, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said that the CSTO has the necessary funds to prevent a new escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the Prime Minister, in order to prevent possible escalation, the CSTO countries in the interests of security should leave Azerbaijan's calls for the purchase of new weapons unanswered.