ArmInfo.Former Prime Minister of Armenia, leader of the "Republic" party Aram Sargsyan suggests the authorities of the country to consider the issue of withdrawing from the CSTO. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.
According to him, the United States is appointing the former Deputy Secretary of State as the new American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. The United States and France, which are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, have a telephone conversation before the meeting between Pashinyan and Aliyev in Brussels and confirm their readiness for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. The US and French ambassadors reject the invitation of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry to visit Shushi. The United States defends the approach to resolving the issue of the status of Artsakh and emphasizes the right to express the point of view of the Artsakh people.
Russia and Azerbaijan consider the status issue settled, and they make this clear in press conferences following the tripartite meetings in Moscow and in an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the future of Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijan. The Russian Ambassador to Baku gladly accepts the invitation and visits Shushi. <These are facts, not a subject for discussion, but these facts make it possible to conclude that the meeting in Brussels will be about status and a final settlement, which Aliyev will try to oppose. Unlike the meeting in Brussels, they will try to organize a meeting in Moscow, where they will try to put pressure on Armenia>, the politician noted.
He considers the decision to go beyond the framework of the Russian-Turkish agreements with possible options. <We should withdraw from the CSTO in order to increase the political, military and economic influence of the West, because the Russian Federation still does not sell weapons to us, the CSTO does not fulfill its obligations to ensure the security of Armenia, and being in the CSTO prevents the country from receiving more serious military assistance. Studying the indicators of US and French military support to friendly countries, one can be convinced that in the event of a withdrawal from the CSTO, Western military assistance to Armenia could be in the range of 350-400 million dollars a year, add the cost of training in the tactics and strategy of modern warfare: I am sure that such armaments, acquired for one year's money, are enough for Baku and Moscow to change their tone, restraining their appetites. I know that my proposal is risky, but if you leave everything as it is, it will end with the loss of Artsakh, the redrawing of the borders of the Republic of Armenia with Russian maps to the detriment of us and the loss of the sovereignty of the Republic of Armenia, >,Aram Sargsyan believes.