MOSCOW—The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay Bordyuzha said in a statement to journalists that as a full member of the CSTO, Armenia will receive assistance from other member states if needed.
“Armenia is a full member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and has the right to get assistance from allies in case of negative developments in its territory. Armenia will get support from partners if necessary,” Bordyuzha said at a Yerevan-Moscow-Astana video conference.
Asked by an Armenian journalist whether he has ever sent an invitation to Azerbaijan to join the CSTO, Bordyuzha said, “I don’t remember having sent an invitation to Azerbaijan, although I think all countries should participate in the works of a security system.”
“The CSTO is ready to discuss the membership of any country – be it Iran, Georgia or Azerbaijan. Should Azerbaijan file an application to join the CSTO, we will discuss it, but we will discuss it with all member states, including Armenia,” Bordyuzha stated.
When asked by a Moscow-based Azerbaijani journalist what the CSTO is doing regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Secretary General said that, “International mechanisms, including the Minsk Group, have been created to seek a settlement of the conflict and find solutions acceptable to both parties. I’m more than assured that no other institutions should interfere.”
“We are well aware of the situation at the line of contact, we are aware of the ceasefire violations and the number of victims, but we have no right to interfere with the settlement process,” he added.