ArmInfo. Armenia made a decision to apply to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated on May 13 at the meeting of the RA Security Council.
Pashinyan recalled that it is already the second day the situation around the Syunik Lake Sevlich (Black Lake ed. note) and the surrounding areas remains tense. The reason is that, as explained by the acting head of government, certain groups of Azerbaijani military personnel crossed the state border of Armenia in order to seize Lake Sevlich. The Armenian Armed Forces carried out tactical counter-actions, as a result, the enemy's Armed Forces retreated from adjacent occupied territories. At the same time, as Pashinyan stressed, without the use of weapons.
Nevertheless, about 250 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan continue to remain on the territory of Armenia in certain areas of Syunik and Gegharkunik. "With a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the current situation, it becomes obvious that the actions of the Azerbaijani servicemen were a provocation with far-reaching military-political consequences. I mean that, perhaps, the Azerbaijani military crossed the state border not in order to resolve territorial issues, but to provoke armed clashes" , he said.
This, according to Pashinyan, is evidenced by the following factors: they try to justify their presence with frankly fake maps, stating that in fact this is the territory of Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, the maps of Soviet times, according to acting Prime Minister, refute the validity of these statements, which, however, the Azerbaijani servicemen themselves know. The second factor, which speaks of the provocative nature of the actions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, is that on the day of the start of the provocation, Baku announced plans to conduct large-scale military exercises on May 16 with the participation of 15 thousand military. The last factor, as Pashinyan noted, is that at the end of April, the President of Azerbaijan made open threats to the territorial integrity of Armenia. "Then he threatened to open the so-called" Zangezur corridor "between Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan with the use of force," Pashinyan recalled.
"Our assessment is unambiguous - the current situation fully complies with the provisions of Article 2, paragraph 2 of the Collective Security Treaty, which states that" In the event of a threat to security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty of one or more participating states or a threat to international peace and state security- the participants immediately put into action the mechanism of joint consultations in order to coordinate their positions, develop and take measures to provide assistance to such participating states in order to eliminate the threat that has arisen, "said the acting head of the Armenian government.
Based on the above, Nikol Pashinyan instructed the acting heads of the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia to take the necessary measures towards the start of the consultations provided for by the Collective Security Treaty. It was also instructed to start actions in order to initiate the appropriate procedures provided for by the CSTO regulations in crisis situations. Yesterday at the morning, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces crossed the state border of Armenia and went 3.5 km deeper. During an emergency night meeting of the Security Council of Armenia, Pashinyan called this an unacceptable encroachment on Armenia's sovereignty.
Today Pashinyan hastened to note that it did not come to a military escalation - there were no shootings and clashes. "Since yesterday work is underway to expel Azerbaijani servicemen from the territory, "he said. As noted by the acting head of the RA government, what happened yesterday in Syunik is a prepared provocation. "The Azerbaijanis had with them clearly falsified maps with the help of which they claim that they are within the borders of Azerbaijan. we are dealing with an organized provocation, "- explained Pashinn.
According to Pashinyan, the most important issue is how the servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were able to cross the state border of Armenia and pass through the interpositional territories, reaching Lake Sevlich. This aspect, as he noted, requires separate consideration.
He also touched upon the fact that yesterday, all day, the Defense Ministry and the National Security Service (NSS) denied the information for the simple reason that they denied misinformation exaggerated in connection with the alleged hostilities and injuries of servicemen.
Pashinyan urged to take the situation extremely seriously, since it has a number of development scenarios. "Our task is to ensure the inviolability of Armenia's sovereignty and force the forces of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces to return to their original positions as of May 10. Work is underway on the spot," he said. According to the acting Prime Minister, today after the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, a meeting of the RA Security Council will be held, during which the current situation will be discussed in detail and the necessary decisions will be taken for further control of the situation. According to him, in order to resolve the situation, it is necessary to act prudently, in principle, decisively and together.