Russia will demand clarification from Armenia about leaving the CSTO

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Russia announced today that it plans to seek clarification from Armenia after its Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview yesterday that Yerevan had frozen its membership in the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) because the alliance had betrayed the country.

In recent months, Pashinyan has expressed his displeasure with Armenia's longstanding ties to Russia and says his country can no longer rely on Moscow to meet its defense needs. He also proposed a review of Armenia's membership in the organization.

The spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, told the TV channel "Zvezda" of the Russian Ministry of Defense today that Moscow needs more details from Armenia.

"The Armenian side has not taken any official action in this regard. We intend to contact our colleagues and clarify the meaning of these statements," said Peskov.

Other former Soviet republics that are members of the organization are Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

"The Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization has not received any statements from Yerevan regarding the termination of membership," the press service of the organization announced.

In an interview with France 24 television broadcast last night, Pashinyan said that "the Collective Security Treaty has not fulfilled its goals as far as Armenia is concerned, especially in 2021 and 2022."

"We have now practically frozen our participation in this agreement. As for our next steps, we will have to see," he added.

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