ArmInfo. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), employed mechanisms, including bilateral ones, in connection with Azerbaijani troops' incursion into Armenia's sovereign territory, RA Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan stated in Parliament January 19, in response to the opposition MP Aram Vardevanyan's question as to why Armenia did not apply to the CSTO for military aid amid the enemy's obvious and repeated incursions into its sovereign territories.
"We know the CSTO Charter very well. And we cannot claim that the political intervention mechanisms did not produce results and the fire was not ceased. I am not claiming, I am stating it. Yes, the CSTO has its Charter and mechanisms of employing forces. And the government will, if necessary, decide to apply on the basis of Article 4," Mr Mirzoyan said.
In response to Mr Vardevanyan's earlier question addressed to RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan as to why Armenia, eight months after Azerbaijani incursion and occupation of 40sq kilometers of its sovereign territory, has not applied to the CSTO, Mr Mirzoyan said that the CSTO Secretariat has stated that military mechanisms were for the first time employed in Kazakhstan.
"The CSTO is an organization, not an army, after all. And if we read the Charter, when it comes to the allies' interference, the first mechanisms to be employed are the political ones. And when they prove insufficient, these are followed consultations and interference on the land. In this case, we have up to now used these instruments, and I hope that we will resolve the problems by moving forward in the same spirit," Mr Mirzoyan said.
After the Azerbaijani incursion into Armenia's sovereign territory on May 12 and 13, the Armenian premier applied to the CSTO for aid. However, it was reported later that Armenia had applied under Article 2 (consultations), not under Article 4 (military aid).
Later, on November 16, amid the Armenian-Azerbaijani border escalation along Armenia's Syunik, Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of the RA Security Council, stated in a live interview with the RA Public TV that Armenia was applying to the CSTO for military aid. As to whether a written application had been addressed, he said that it was under preparation. After mass media inquired of the CSTO about Armenia's application, the CSTO stated that no application had been received from Armenia. Armenia's authorities admitted they had not applied to the CSTO. They assured mass media that they applied in May 2021 and the aid was to be provided under that application.
Amid the disinformation by Armenia's authorities, Armenia's society is showing a negative attitude to the CSTO, with appeals for secession being made.