Armenian ambassador to CSTO calls on member states to show solidarity with Armenia

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YEREVAN, July 14. /ARKA/. Speaking at a meeting of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) today, Armenia’s permanent and plenipotentiary representative to CSTO Permanent Council Viktor Biyagov provided a detailed report on the aggravated tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border blaming it on Azerbaijani aggression against Armenia in the north-eastern direction of the border. He also spoke about Azerbaijani attacks against Armenian civilian infrastructures and the population.

He noted that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were shelling civilian infrastructures in the Armenian settlements Chinari and Aygepar, as a result of which civilian objects were damaged. He said Azerbaijan used also combat drones to attack the civilian infrastructures in the town of Berd.

He said contrary to the calls of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to refrain from provocative actions and hostile rhetoric, as well as to strengthen the ceasefire, and contrary to the call of the UN Secretary General for the establishment of a global ceasefire, supported by CSTO member countries, the Azerbaijani side has consistently threatened use of force and ‘ military escalation’, and now is making attempts to put them into practice. ‘The political and military leadership of Azerbaijan bears all responsibility for escalation of tension in the CSTO zone,” he said.

In the context of the need to maintain regional security and stability, Armenian Ambassador Biyagov drew the attention of the CSTO member countries to the statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, noting that Armenia strongly condemns Turkey’s attempts to destabilize the region.

“This situation is a matter of serious concern and attention for the entire organization and each of its members, since an attempt is being made to carry out direct aggression against one of its members in the CSTO area of responsibility. We call on our allies to show solidarity and mutual assistance in accordance with the spirit and letter of the CSTO charter. This unprecedented situation is becoming an important test for both of us and the Organization,” he said. -0-

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