ArmInfo.Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan attended a meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers in a video conference format.
According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, the foreign ministers discussed a wide range of issues related to strengthening cooperation within the CSTO, international and regional events and joint response to modern security challenges and threats. Among other decisions, Mnatsakanyan noted the importance of adopting a statement by the Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member states on supporting the UN Secretary General's appeal for a global ceasefire in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic: <Our states were among the first countries to express their full solidarity and support for the appeal of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to establish a universal ceasefire in various parts of the world.
In this context, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that despite the general understanding of the world community about the need to establish a general ceasefire and concentrate efforts on overcoming the pandemic and its consequences, there is no rejection of maximalist approaches and warlike rhetoric from our eastern neighbor. The ceasefire on the contact line is being violated, provocations on the border continue, which pose a threat to the security of the civilian population,> Mnatsakanyan noted.
In this context, the Foreign Minister of Armenia informed the CSTO about the conduct of unannounced large-scale military exercises of an offensive nature by Azerbaijan from May 18 to 22, in violation of international obligations, including the Vienna Document. According to him, such actions, which destroy regional stability and seriously damage the peace process, should be properly condemned.
Mnatsakanyan also reiterated the commitment of the authorities of Armenia and Artsakh to a exclusively peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and under the auspices of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. According to him, the Armenian side categorically rejects the use of force or the threat of force, and continues to engage constructively in the peace process, whose potential cannot be fully realized without the participation of the people of Artsakh and mutual concessions from all. The Armenian Foreign Minister also spoke about the situation in the Middle East, pointing out the need to protect religious and national minorities.