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Armenia Suspends Participation in Collective Security Treaty Organization

Fri 23 Feb 2024 | 11:24 AM
Israa Farhan

In a move that underscores Armenia's growing discontent with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced the suspension of his country's involvement in the alliance.

Speaking to France 24, Pashinyan expressed dissatisfaction with the CSTO's fulfillment of its obligations towards Armenia, particularly highlighting the period of 2021-2022 as a time when the organization's support was found lacking.

Pashinyan stated, "In our view, the treaty concerning collective security did not fulfill its obligations towards Armenia, especially during the 2021-2022 period, which did not go unnoticed by us. We have suspended our participation in the treaty. We will see what happens in the future."

This decision follows Armenia's previous accusations against Russia and the CSTO for failing to meet their commitments amidst the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The conflict concluded with Azerbaijan's full control over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, effectively ending the existence of the self-proclaimed republic established by ethnic Armenians in 1991.

Adding to the tensions, Pashinyan refused to attend the CSTO summit held in Minsk on November 23 of the previous year.

The CSTO, which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, now faces a critical juncture as Armenia reevaluates its strategic alliances and security commitments.