Pashinyan Tells Putin Armenia Will Seek CSTO Consultations Amid Border Tensions With Azerbaijan

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Armenia’s Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan convened an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, saying Azerbaijan’s army had advanced more than three kilometres into southern Armenia.

Armenia will seek consultations with the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) amid a new escalation of border tensions with Azerbaijan, the country’s acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has informed Russian President Vladimir Putin. The CSTO is a military alliance comprised of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

“Pashinyan said that he had given an order to officially request the CSTO to start consultations in line with Article 2 of the Collective Security Treaty,” the Armenian cabinet said in a statement.

According to the Treaty, the member states maintain their security on a collective basis.

Earlier in the day, Pashinyan and Putin held a phone conversation to discuss the situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.

According to the Kremlin, the Russian President reaffirmed his commitment to continue active mediation between Yerevan and Baku, and to maintain close contacts with both the sides for the sake of regional stability.

The phone call was held after Pashinyan accused Azerbaijani troops of crossing into Armenia’s southern Syunik province and trying to stake a claim to the territory. Syunik province separates azerbaijan from its exclave Nakhchivan and is…

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