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Armenia will leave CSTO no sooner than it declares its readiness to  deploy French military infrastructure on its territory- political  analyst 

Armenia will leave CSTO no sooner than it declares its readiness to  deploy French military infrastructure on its territory- political  analyst 

ArmInfo. The world media was excited today by the statement of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the "freezing" of Armenia's participation in the activities of the CSTO.  

However, there is no sensation in this statement; Yerevan only once again recorded its disappointment with the lack of real support for the CSTO in its confrontation with Azerbaijan. Arkady Dubnov, a well-known political analyst  and  expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia, wrote on his Telegram page.

"The important thing is that, Pashinyan said this in an interview  with the French press following negotiations with French President  Macron, Pashinyan said this in an interview to the French press after  negotiations with French President Macron, as a result of which Paris  promised Armenia supplies of "defense weapons".

Yerevan emphasizes that it is now forced to look for guarantors of  its security in the West, having discovered that it is not possible  to count on Russia and the CSTO led by it. So, will Armenia now leave  the CSTO completely?  They say in Yerevan that now the question is  not about that, but when will it be? I think no sooner than Armenia  will announce its readiness to deploy French military infrastructure  on its territory (but not NATO's or the US's) on its territory. But  in this case, this will contradict the CSTO charter, according to  which such deployment is possible only in agreement with all members  of the Organization. However, since this is unrealistic, then they  will have to leave the CSTO...," Dubnov noted.

The political scientist recalled that in an interview with France  Presse he noted, in particular, the following:  "I have a feeling  that Nikol Pashinyan is going all-in, demonstrating that he has found  a serious military shoulder to rely on in the confrontation between  Armenia and Azerbaijan. Pashinyan is playing a risky geopolitical  game, shifting responsibility to Macron." 

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