The leaders of CSTO members Belarus (left to right), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Russia, and Tajikistan pose for a photo in Yerevan on November 23, 2022.

YEREVAN ( — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will not attend the upcoming summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Minsk, Belarus, his office reported on November 14.

Pashinyan held a phone call with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the latter’s initiative to discuss issues related to organizing the CSTO Collective Security Council meeting in the capital of Belarus on November 23.

“The Armenian Prime Minister told the President of Belarus that he will be unable to attend the summit and expressed hope that his CSTO colleagues will treat the decision with understanding,” Pashinyan’s office said in its readout of the phone call.


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