ArmInfo.Armenia is actually freezing its relations with the CSTO. The famous Armenian political scientist Beniamin Matevosyan stated in a conversation with an ArmInfo correspondent, commenting on the latest steps by Armenian government officials.
Earlier today, it became known that the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Alen Simonyan, refused to participate in the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. A day earlier, RA Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan announced that he would not attend the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization's countries. Before him, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced his decision not to participate in the meeting of the leaders of the CSTO countries in Minsk. RA Defense Minister Suren Papikyan and Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan also refused to meet with their partners.
Thus, as the political scientist emphasized, Yerevan is actually boycotting the work of the CSTO statutory bodies. These actions, the political scientist continued, are primarily messages addressed to the Russian Federation and, in fact, mean a sharp turn of Yerevan's geopolitical vector to the West.
Matevosyan did not rule out that in the future, not only the issue of leaving the Organization, but also the withdrawal of the Russian 102nd military base from the territory of Armenia could be raised.
The political scientist drew attention to Yerevan's appeal to the CSTO with a request to remove the issue of providing assistance to Armenia from the Organization's agenda. He mentioned that this call was made against the background of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's statements about Azerbaijan's preparation for new aggression and Baku's use of the term "Western Azerbaijan" in relation to Armenia. "Against this background, they are refusing assistance from the CSTO, including military-technical assistance, as well as from the observer mission. If you understand that there could be a war, then why are you refusing the existing "safety cushion"?", Matevosyan wondered.
In this vein, answering the question about possible guarantees from the West in ensuring the security of Armenia, the political scientist recalled the statement made in Yerevan by US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Yuri Kim that the issue of the security of the Karabakh Armenians for Washington is "red line". "But we all witnessed how Baku committed ethnic cleansing in Nagorno- Karabakh, turning 120 thousand Armenians into refugees, while there was no reaction from the West. This is already enough to draw appropriate conclusions," the political scientist noted.
He expressed doubt about the West's ability to put pressure on Azerbaijan. "This won't work," Matevosyan is sure, adding that Western countries have their own interests in the region. As an example, he cited the interests of the British Petroleum, which invested over $35 billion in the oil resources of Azerbaijan. "There is no doubt that all London's steps in the South Caucasus pursue only one goal: by reconciling Armenia with Azerbaijan establish a beachhead against Iran in order to seize its energy resources. Let's also not forget that Iran is one of those rare countries that possess hypersonic weapons. Can you imagine where we're going?
Accordingly, Security guarantees from the West will lead to exactly the opposite result for Armenia," Matevosyan stated.
On November 21, the CSTO commented on Armenia's request to remove the document on assistance to Yerevan from the organization's agenda. The organization's statement in this regard, in particular, reads: "In accordance with the Action Plan for the implementation of the decisions of the November 20-22 session of the CSTO CSC and the fulfilment of the priority areas of the Organization's activities, two documents relevant to the stabilization of the situation in the South Caucasus have been developed so far under the chairmanship of the Republic of Belarus. These are the draft decisions of the CSTO CSC "On joint measures to assist the Republic of Armenia" and the Declaration of the Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member states on support for efforts to achieve peace in the region. On the eve of the forthcoming meetings of the CSTO statutory bodies in Minsk, the Armenian side proposed to withdraw the draft Declaration from consideration. Work on the draft CSC Decision on sending a monitoring mission to the Republic of Armenia and other practical measures will continue."
Earlier, the CSTO proposed sending a monitoring mission to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border to prevent escalation. At the regular session of the heads of member states of the Organization chaired by Armenia last fall, Yerevan did not sign the proposal, noting that the CSTO member states did not give a political assessment of Azerbaijan's aggression.
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