Armenia has major contribution to security, says chief of CSTO country institute

18:21 • 23.05.17



Over the past 25 years since the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) inception, Armenia has been dynamically developing cooperation with all its member states, the director of the CSTO Institute said today, highlighting the fruitful partnership. 


Meantime, Nver Torosyan admitted the existing shortcomings, expressing hope that the developing relations will take a positive turn.


“Armenia has a considerable contribution to security. The CSTO Rapid Reaction Groups are just one among the numerous accomplishments initiated by Armenia.  As for the achievements, they have a restraining value when it comes to the repeatedly voiced aggressive statements threatening the security and sovereignty of Armenia but also Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh]. I think they really have a restraining significance, as those statements eventually remain limited to statements,” he added.


Addressing the Organization’s 2018-2019 program, particularly the plan to supply the member state with air-to-surface rocket missiles, Torosyan noted that the countries in question have always purchased weaponry at internal prices (those effective in Russia).


“As for the recent statement, addresing helicopters, anti-air defense and heavy military equipment, they should have been delivered much earlier – back in 2015-2016 - but the plan failed due to the crisis.  We see now chances to realize the project in [20]17-[20]18. If nothing extraordinary happens, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will receive the necessary supplies by the assigned period. Moreover, they may not even have to pay the internal Russian prices, as the [supply] may be available for free,” he added.

 

Asked by Tert.am to comment on the CSTO's failure to condemn the repeated Azerbaijani escalations along Armenia's north-eastern border (Tavush region), Torosyan admitted that the Organization does not very often react adequately to curb further aggression. “The repeated transgressions, particularly of Armenia’s territorial integrity, very often go unpunished. The Armenian president too, has addressed the problem and repeatedly voiced his strong-worded and targeted criticism at the top CSTO body. But it is important to also understand that the CSTO is not devoid of shortcomings, and they very often have heavy consequences for our republic and population,” he added.

 

 

Ani Ohanyan





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