ArmInfo.In an interview with Armenia's Public TV, Secretary of Armenia's Security Council Armen Grigoryan said he will visit Minsk next week to participate in a meeting of the Secretaries of the CSTO Security Councils.
As to whether the issue of Russian arms sales to Armenia was discussed during his latest visit to Russia, Mr Grigoryan said the issue was not raised as no bilateral meetings with the Russian counterpart were on the agenda.
"If bilateral meetings take place in Minsk, we will discuss bilateral agenda. But given the reality, the Russian-Ukrainian war, the potential for serving the war, which is not so great to export arms, we see a solution in finding alternatives. We have embarked on this way. We are negotiating arms purchase with many countries, and we have achieved results with some of them," Mr Grigoryan said.
Armenia looks for alternatives until the issue of arms supplies from Russia is settled, he said.
As what specific issues Armenia's membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) solves, Mr Grigoryan said that formerly the country's membership somewhat limited the country's possibilities for cooperating with other partners in the security field.
"At present, our membership in the CSTO does not for the most part limit our cooperation with other partners, though it creates some problems. We are also actively cooperating with our western partners to strengthen our security system, and we will continue this work," Mr Grigoryan said. He finds it difficult to say what specific issues Armenia's membership in the CSTO solves, as the organization has not supported Armenia in any way during three large-scale attacks against Armenia's sovereignty since 2020.
The CSTO offered its assistance only after Armenia found an alternative, an EU monitoring mission. Mr Grigoryan does not regard as serious the CSTO's proposal to send an observer mission to Armenia.
He also evaded the question as to whether Armenia has been offered membership in another military alliance. One of the key factors of strengthening security is enhancing its own potential, and Yerevan is actively working at this. Armenia is not looking for security alternatives, but is focused on strengthening its own security, including by pushing ahead with the peace agenda.
"We also see strengthening our security in bilateral formats. The Armenia-USA relations, and Armenia's relations with a number of EU member-states, as well as multifaceted relations with India, are intensively developing. We have relations with pour neighbors as well," Mr Grigoryan said.