On May 24, 2022, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikian, a meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was held via videoconferencing.

The defense ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Lieutenant General Viktor Khrenin), of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Colonel General Ruslan Zhaksylykov), of the Kyrgyz Republic (Lieutenant General Baktybek Bekbolotov), of the Russian Federation (Army General Sergey Shoygu), of the Republic of Tajikistan (Colonel General Sherali Mirzo), as well as the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas and the Head of the CSTO Joint Staff - Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov participated in the meeting.

On the situation that arose in connection with the resumption of the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh


The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas raises major concerns in connection with the resumption of the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, this year. In the course of the conflict there were the dead and the injured on both sides, including among the civilian population. The ceasefire has been violated, heavy weapons were being used, including artillery, tanks and aircraft, as well as strike drones.

The current situation is not conducive to the implementation of the 1994 ceasefire agreement and mutual obligations not to use force in the framework of the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is necessary to immediately restore the ceasefire and return to the negotiation process, which is being conducted by the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group. The solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is possible only via political and diplomatic means.

The Collective Security Council, the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers in their statements have repeatedly called on the Parties to seek the settlement of conflict situations exclusively by peaceful means and refrain from provocative actions in order to prevent an escalation of tension.


The CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov

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