The mission will be headed by CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas. A working group will also be created to monitor the situation within the framework of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will send a mission to Armenia to assess the situation after the recent escalation of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the secretariat of the organization reported.
< p> The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas will head the mission. The composition will also include representatives of the CSTO member countries (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan).
In addition, the CSTO Collective Security Council agreed on the creation of a working group to constantly monitor the situation in the area of responsibility of the organization, underlined there.
President Vladimir Putin informed the members of the Collective Security Council about “additional practical steps by the Russian side aimed at de-escalating the tensions that have arisen,” the secretariat said in a statement. They stressed that the CSTO members supported Russia's mediation efforts.
“All participants of the CSC meeting expressed concern over the aggravation of the situation in the region and spoke in favor of its settlement exclusively by political and diplomatic means based on the generally recognized principles of international law and agreements enshrined in the tripartite statements of the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia dated November 9, 2020,” ; noted in the organization.
Armenia asked for help from the CSTO because of the clashes with Azerbaijan that took place on the night of September 13. The Security Council of the republic decided to officially appeal to Russia and ask it to use the provisions of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, as well as to appeal to the CSTO and the UN Security Council.
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The fact that the Armenian government has officially appealed to Russia, the CSTO and the UN was reported by the Public Television of Armenia on the morning of September 13.
The escalation between Yerevan and Baku began after both sides accused each other of aggressive actions. Armenia stated that the Azerbaijani military shelled its positions near the Armenian cities of Sotk, Vardenis, Goris, Ishkhanasar and Jermuk. Azerbaijan, in turn, accused the Armenian military of mining supply routes for its troops on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and in the border Dashkesan region of Azerbaijan.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that about 50 people were killed as a result of shelling from the Armenian side .
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