Ar­me­nia heats con­fu­sion over CSTO sum­mit

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

AThe CSTO sum­mit, sched­uled ear­lier for De­cem­ber 6 in St. Peters­burg, will not take place. Act­ing Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Nikol Pashinyan told re­porters that in a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with him, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin sug­gested post­pon­ing the meet­ing, con­sid­er­ing it nec­es­sary first to dis­cuss all the con­tra­dic­tions in a work­ing or­der, and then get to­gether with the ready-made so­lu­tion.

How­ever, Rus­sian Pres­i­den­tial Aide Yury Ushakov noted that the sum­mit of CSTO coun­tries’ lead­ers was can­celled, tak­ing into ac­count the re­quest of Ar­me­nia, which is pre­par­ing for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Thus, Valery Se­merikov re­mains the CSTO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral. Speak­ing about the can­di­dacy of the new Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Ushakov stressed that "there are sev­eral op­tions." Be­sides, the new CSTO sum­mit is un­likely to be held by the end of 2018 he noted.

Ushakov’s state­ment, in fact, puz­zled the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties on the eve of the elec­tions, putting them in a ridicu­lous sit­u­a­tion. While Pashinyan claims that the sum­mit was can­celled by Putin, the as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent of Rus­sia in­di­cates that the meet­ing was can­celled at the re­quest of the Ar­me­nian side. And some­thing sug­gests that the lat­ter is pre­cisely the truth.

Yere­van hur­ried up to re­fute Ushakov. Ar­man Ye­goyan, spokesman for Pashinyan said that Ar­me­nia did not ad­dress the pro­posal to post­pone the sum­mit of CSTO coun­tries’ lead­ers, which was sched­uled for De­cem­ber 6.

Mean­while, Ar­me­nia is in­deed not in­ter­ested to dis­cuss the is­sue of the CSTO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral on De­cem­ber 6 be­cause of up­com­ing De­cem­ber 9 elec­tions. Fail­ure in St. Peters­burg could ad­versely af­fect the num­ber of man­dates col­lected by the Pashinyan team. And af­ter the meet­ing in As­tana, his rat­ing has been strongly shaken. Prob­a­bly Nikol Pashinyan un­der­stands that the chance to in­cline the al­lies to a de­ci­sion in fa­vor of Ar­me­nia is small. The new fail­ure does not prom­ise the crowd leader any­thing good.

For in­stance, Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry Spokesper­son Maria Zakharova called the state­ments of Ar­man Egoyan as dis­turb­ing both in form and in con­tent. More­over, she added that words of As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent of Rus­sia Ushakov do not need con­fir­ma­tion.

What is ob­vi­ous mis­lead­ing the pub­lic be­comes for Pashinyan an un­shak­able tra­di­tion. Sooner or later the time will come and Pashinyan pay for his lies used to achieve his goals. His thought­less steps in for­eign pol­icy re­duce the chances of Ar­me­nia to be­come a wor­thy coun­try in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

This may re­sult in the fact that Ar­me­nia may lose CSTO mem­ber­ship due to Pashinyan’s ir­ra­tional pol­icy. rme­nian po­lit­i­cal cir­cles are en­tan­gled in their own state­ments and con­tinue to cre­ate prob­lems with the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Col­lec­tive Se­cu­rity Treaty Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CSTO).

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