YEREVAN, July 18. /ARKA/. Armenia did not apply to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help because of Azerbaijan’s military aggression on the Armenian border, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters in Minsk on Friday.
As Armenpress reports, the deputy minister indicated that the CSTO charter contains a corresponding article, that if there is an attack, the country can ask for help.
“We did not apply. Our goal is completely different – to notify our partners about the situation,” Kocharian said.
Speaking about the appeal of the CSTO to stabilize the situation, the deputy minister noted that the organization warned that if the situation does not stabilize and the Armenian side seeks help, it will have to join the process.
On July 14, the CSTO issued a statement in which it expressed serious concern over the exacerbation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan and called for an immediate ceasefire. As the CSTO emphasized, the current situation does not contribute to normalizing the situation on the border of two neighboring states, one of which, the Republic of Armenia, is a CSTO member state, and indicates a violation of the ceasefire reached at the leadership level of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
About escalation on Armenian-Azerbaijani border
Since July 12, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have been carrying out aggressive actions against Armenia in the north-east direction of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border. The enemy attempted to violate the state border in the Tavush region of Armenia using a tank, mortars, howitzers, drones and Grad MLRS. The shelling targeted Armenian strongholds, several villages and the city of Berd. After the lull of July 15, on the night of July 16, Azerbaijan troops again attempted raids in the Aygepara section, but after suffering numerous losses, they was thrown back, continuing shelling of the settlements.
The Armenian Armed Forces is providing a proportionate response to periodic shelling and suppressing the enemy’s activity. For the entire period, the air defense units of the Armenian army destroyed Azerbaijan’s control system of UAVs, 13 drones, a tank and artillery batteries.
According to preliminary data, as of Thursday, 36 soldiers were injured as a result of attacks on Armenian strongholds (16 of them were light abrasions, 20 were hospitalized and received medical care, one was in serious condition), 4 soldiers were killed and 6 cars were damaged. As a result of shelling of peaceful settlements in Tavush, 24 houses, a brandy factory and a winery, a kindergarten, a cemetery, 4 cars, a water main, a gas pipeline and a greenhouse were damaged, as well as a police checkpoint, in which 2 police officers were injured. In addition, one civilian was also wounded. Azerbaijan officially confirmed the death of 11 servicemen, the Armenian side reported the death of at least 10 more Azerbaijani special service officers.
Concerns over the escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border were expressed, in particular, by the Foreign Ministries of Russia and other states, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the US State Department, the UN, NATO, the ICRC and other international structures. The CSTO also expressed serious concern over the exacerbation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan and called for an immediate ceasefire. Concern was also expressed by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, saying that Moscow was ready for mediation efforts to resolve the situation.