ArmInfo.In addition to military assistance, Armenia, expects political assessments from the CSTO. Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Alen Simonyan stated this to journalists on November 24, commenting on the decision of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan not to sign the draft "Declaration of the Collective Security Council of the CSTO on joint measures to provide assistance to the Republic of Armenia".
Simonyan noted that the CSTO is a military-political alliance, and from a political point of view, the submitted document for approval was not sufficient for signing. In particular, we are talking about the withdrawal of troops of third countries from the territory of the CSTO. "If the expectations from the CSTO had been justified, Armenia would have signed the document," the head of the Armenian parliament stressed, adding at the same time that Yerevan had never announced its intention to leave the CSTO. "We have stated that the CSTO is leaving the region, and we are extremely concerned about this. It is necessary to send a question to our partners about whether the Organization has really decided to leave the Caucasus region or not. If it leaves, at least it must be publicly announced>, the speaker said.
He also noted that upon joining the Organization, Armenia expected concrete steps from the CSTO to protect itself from the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem. "But when the time came and the need for assistance from the Organization arose, Yerevan expected at least a political assessment, which did not happen, as a result of which the Armenian side refused to sign the submitted document," the head of the RA National Assembly noted, pointing out the importance of revising the provisions of the Declaration.
The speaker urged not to confuse European civilian observers mission with the military one. As Simonyan emphasized, this observation mission only records violations at the border. <I want to emphasize that this mission is a very serious deterrent. However, today we don't see proper assistance, otherwise we wouldn't have prisoners of war, there wouldn't be cases of invasion of Black Lake, Khtsaberd settlement, Jermuk>, the NA President noted. He stressed that the military model that was used in the post-Soviet countries does not justify itself today, and the Armenian side is taking steps in this direction.
It should be noted that the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan did not sign the draft "Declaration of the CSTO CSC on joint measures to provide assistance to the Republic of Armenia." He noted that the document was not sufficiently finalized. "The lack of a clear political assessment of the situation can mean not only the CSTO's refusal of allied obligations, but it can also be interpreted by Azerbaijan as a green light from the CSTO for further aggression against Armenia. And this contradicts not only the letter, but also the spirit and meaning of the fundamental documents of the CSTO. Therefore, based on this, dear partners, at the moment I believe that the draft "Declaration of the CSTO CSC and on joint measures to provide assistance to the Republic of Armenia" submitted for signing is not sufficiently finalized, and in this form, with all due respect, I am not ready to sign these documents," Pashinyan said.