ArmInfo. In the Caucasus region under the responsibility of the CSTO, the efforts of the leadership of Armenia and other participants are playing a positive role in the direction of reaching peaceful agreements, legalizing borders and unblocking transport communications.
CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas stated on November 23 in Yerevan at a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, CMO and secretaries of the CSTO Security Council.
"At the same time, the tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border still remains. The information that comes to us through the CSTO Crisis Response Center confirms that there are skirmishes on the border almost daily. In this regard, three extraordinary sessions of the Collective Security Council in May, September and October of this year were devoted to the discussion of threats to the Republic of Armenia. In general, a draft decision was agreed on joint measures to provide assistance to Armenia, prepared on the basis of the conclusions and proposals of the CSTO monitoring mission," the CSTO Secretary General said. At the same time, he assured that the political consultation mechanisms operating within the framework of the CSTO allow the member states of the organization to reach consensus in assessing the international situation, to coordinate approaches to issues of mutual interest.
On September 13, at 00:05 am, units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces began intensive shelling of Armenian positions from artillery and large-caliber guns in the direction of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions using UAVs. Attacks were also made on civilian infrastructure facilities. Armenia applied to the CSTO in connection with the aggression of Azerbaijan against the sovereign territory of Armenia. According to the RA Prime Minister, on the 4th point of the Charter. On September 13, following an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, an agreement was reached on sending a CSTO Mission to the Republic of Armenia "to assess the current situation, prepare a detailed report to the heads of state." In addition, at the meeting it was decided to form a working group "from the employees of the secretariat and the military personnel of the joint headquarters for constant monitoring of the situation in the area of responsibility of the CSTO." And already on October 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Astana, said that the CSTO was ready to send its observers to Armenia, this requires a decision of the Collective Security Council. Yerevan also stated the importance of the political statements of the allied countries, as well as the implementation of practical steps to ensure the withdrawal of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces from the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia.