Armenia has sent an official request to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) regarding the situation in the southern Syunik region at the border with Azerbaijan, Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said on Friday.
Earlier in the day, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zaynetdinov told Sputnik that the organization had not yet received any official documents but was in contact with Armenian officials.
“The request has been sent officially to the CSTO, it has to be considered within three days,” Deputy Prime Minister Avinyan told reporters.
Earlier, CSTO Secretary-General Stanislav Zas discussed the recent developments on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border with Armenia’s acting Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zaynetdinov told Sputnik on Friday.
Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin on his order to seek CSTO consultations in light of Azerbaijan’s provocations in the border province of Syunik.
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Azerbaijani Troops In Armenia’s Syunik Province
The situation on the border with Azerbaijan in Armenia’s Syunik province has not changed with the Azerbaijani army remain stationed there, despite firm demands by Yerevan for their withdrawal, a source in the Armenian Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Friday.
On Thursday, the Armenian Defense Ministry claimed that the Azerbaijani armed forces attempted to move their posts near two towns in the country’s south and carried out other provocative actions.
Armenian Acting Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian discussed the situation with Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, and Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pasninyan set out to launch consultations in the Collective Security Treaty Organization regarding the matter.
“At the moment, there are no changes, we told the Azerbaijani side that this is Armenian territory and we will not move an inch. We got the impression that they are waiting for an order from the higher command,” the source said.
The Syunik region is wedged between Azerbaijan’s mainland to the east and the Nakhchivan autonomous republic, an Azeri enclave, to the west.