Stanislav Zas has informed deputies about the situation in the CSTO zone of responsibility and the results of the peacekeeping operation in the Republic of Kazakhstan
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The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan met in Yerevan
On August 10, 2021, the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a meeting with the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas. Issues related to the situation in the CSTO area of responsibility were discussed in detail.
The CSTO Secretary General informed the head of the Armenian Government that the CSTO was closely monitoring the situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and was concerned about the increase and expansion of the geography of armed incidents.
It was stressed that the tension negatively affected the security of the Republic of Armenia and in the zone of responsibility of the Organization as a whole and complicated the implementation of the peace agreements of the leaders of the Republic of Armenia, Russia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, dated November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021.
"Of course, we believe that the incidents on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border that you are talking about pose a threat to Armenia's security. If we talk about ways to solve the problem, we think that the possibilities of a political solution to this situation are not exhausted, in fact, it would be the best option for everyone," Stanislav Zas noted.
Stanislav Zas also stressed that ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member States was one of the key CSTO priorities.
In his turn, Nikol Pashinyan noted that "we highly appreciate Armenia's membership in CSTO which is one of the key elements of Armenia's security system. "The CSTO area of responsibility is quite wide and the tension in many areas has increased," the Armenian Prime Minister stressed. That is why the Republic of Armenia is seriously preparing for the Chairmanship. Pashinyan stressed that all problems and challenges arising in CSTO area of responsibility had to be adequately overcome. He added that the organization had a wide range of tools to solve problems by political means," the Armenian Prime Minister said.
Nikol Pashinyan also informed Stanislav Zas of the emerging crisis, which posed a direct threat to Armenia's security.
The Armenian Prime Minister also stressed that it was important for the Republic of Armenia to find a political solution to existing problems, and there was every opportunity to do so, and here it was necessary to correctly use the mechanisms available to the CSTO.
In the course of the meeting the preparations for this September's session of the Collective Security Council and the joint meeting of the CSTO, the CMD and the CSSC in Dushanbe and the upcoming transfer of chairmanship in the Organization to the Republic of Armenia were discussed. In this regard, the Secretary General informed about the preparations for the meetings and stressed Armenia's active and interested position in the CSTO.
In particular, it was noted that 2022 was an anniversary year. "In this regard, at the CSTO session, we plan to sign a decision "On the Plan of Measures to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Signing of the Collective Security Treaty and the 20th Anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization," the CSTO Secretary General said.
He said that a number of other documents were also scheduled to be signed, including the CSTO Collective Security Council Declaration.
A day earlier, Stanislav Zas met with the Chief of the Armenian Security Council Staff Hayk Petrosyan, the Acting Foreign Minister Armen Grigoryan and the Armenian Minister of Defense Arshak Karapetyan.
In addition, on August 10 this year, the CSTO Secretary General visited the "Yerablur" military pantheon and laid a wreath in memory of fallen Armenian servicemen.
On the same day, Stanislav Zas, at the invitation of the Armenian Defense Ministry, visited a military unit near the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic) and familiarized himself with the situation on the southwestern borders of the Republic of Armenia.
After the visit, Stanislav Zas stated that all working meetings were very productive, in an atmosphere of trust and sincerity.
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