Rus­sia warns Ar­me­nia about obli­ga­tions to CSTO

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Kamila Aliyeva

Against the back­drop of tense sit­u­a­tion in Yere­van and strength­en­ing wor­ries of Moscow, a meet­ing of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Nikol Pashinyan is planned to be held in the near fu­ture.

“An­other meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Putin and PM Pashinyan is planned to be held in the near fu­ture. I think that it will be im­por­tant for us to hear how the new leader of Ar­me­nia as­sesses the prospects for the im­prove­ment of the sit­u­a­tion in his coun­try,” Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov said, RIA Novosti re­ported.

He also said that Rus­sia is con­cerned about Ar­me­nia's obli­ga­tions be­fore Col­lec­tive Se­cu­rity Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We pro­ceed from the fact that th­ese obli­ga­tions are in ef­fect and must be fully im­ple­mented, in­clud­ing the ones re­lated to strength­en­ing the rep­u­ta­tion and pres­tige of our com­mon or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Lavrov noted.

This meet­ing with Vladimir Putin will be the third in the ca­reer of the Ar­me­nian prime min­is­ter. How­ever, one can­not say that it will be ef­fec­tive.

Pashinyan him­self, while com­ment­ing on the visit, was quite la­conic.

“I do not want to say that we will solve all the is­sues, but I want to say with con­fi­dence that our co­op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues and will con­tinue in a nat­u­ral way,” he said.

Con­sid­er­ing to­day’s re­la­tions be­tween the two states it is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine what ac­tu­ally “a nat­u­ral way” means.

Pre­vi­ously, Lavrov, com­ment­ing on the case on the protests on March 1, 2008, had said that the events in Ar­me­nia are con­trary to the state­ments of the coun­try's new lead­er­ship about the re­fusal to pur­sue po­lit­i­cal predecessors.

Moscow has al­ways been in­ter­ested in Ar­me­nia's sta­bil­ity, and there­fore what is hap­pen­ing there both­ers Rus­sia as well, he noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Lavrov, dur­ing the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in Ar­me­nia in May this year Moscow noted “with great sat­is­fac­tion that as a re­sult the so­lu­tion to this cri­sis was found on the ba­sis of a com­pro­mise with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all lead­ing par­ties.”

We hoped that, based on this re­sult, all po­lit­i­cal forces, first of all the new lead­er­ship of Ar­me­nia, the new au­thor­i­ties, will con­tinue to pro­mote uni­fy­ing ap­proaches, will strengthen the na­tional ac­cord, he said.

"But the events of re­cent days clearly vi­o­late such a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, run counter to the re­cent state­ments by the new lead­er­ship of Ar­me­nia that it has no in­ten­tion to or­ga­nize the per­se­cu­tion of its predecessors for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons,” he con­cluded.

The state­ment of the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment fol­lowed im­me­di­ately after the re­cent ar­rest of ex-Pres­i­dent Robert Kochar­ian and the crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion of the CSTO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Yuri Khachaturov.

In this re­gard, it is also ap­pro­pri­ate to re­call the mass dis­con­tent in Ar­me­nian so­ci­ety over the pres­ence of the Rus­sian mil­i­tary base in Gyumri, the mass op­pres­sion of Rus­sian busi­ness in Ar­me­nia, and the anti-Rus­sia hys­te­ria of the pub­lic of that coun­try on so­cial net­works.

Pashinyan, com­ment­ing on Lavrov's words, said that his Rus­sian col­leagues should adapt to the new sit­u­a­tion in Ar­me­nia.

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