Neighboring Countries


Many CSTO members doubt effectiveness of appointing Armenian Secretary General
/Nov 18/

There are two approaches to the appointment of a new Secretary General of the CSTO, first he can be appointed based on rotation, and the second principle is that Armenia can retain the post, acting Secretary General Valeriy Semerikov said.

It was the principle voiced by the President of Kazakhstan after the discussions in Astana, Semerikov said in a statement published on CSTO website. The other positon is to appoint the representative of Armenia to complete three-year term, however, according to Semerikov, many countries have questions in connection with the effectiveness of such a step.

“The Collective Security Council will continue to consider this issue traditionally in the spirit of constructive engagement and alliance. At the same time, I would like to especially note that the decision in any case will be made purely in the format of the six CSTO countries on the basis of consensus, taking into account the interests of all parties,” the statement reads.

Armenia early recalled its representative for the post of the CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov, his deputy Valery Semerikov became acting Secretary General. At the same time, Yerevan insists that the leadership should remain with Armenia until 2020.

Azerbaijan opposition leaders arrested in capital
/Nov 17/Associated Press International/

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) – Authorities in Azerbaijan have arrested two opposition leaders in the capital for attempting to organize a procession, including the laying of flowers, at a national cemetery known as the Alley of Martyrs.

The Popular Front party said its leader, Ali Kerimli, and Jamil Hasanli, of the National Council of Democratic Forces, were taken into custody Saturday along with a group of supporters.

The site is used to honor those who died during Azerbaijan’s breakaway from the Soviet Union and in territorial disputes with neighboring Armenia.

The procession was organized by opposition leaders in honor of a national holiday on Saturday, known as the Day of National Revival. The holiday, created in 1992, commemorates Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union.

An opposition march through Baku was also planned.

Baku says it might review relations with Paris after breakaway Karabakh president’s visit to France

/Nov 16/Interfax – Russia & CIS Diplomatic Panorama/

Baku could review its relations with Paris because of France displaying double standards on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict issue, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry stated.

The breakaway republic’s president Bako Sahakyan is currently on a visit to France.

“Azerbaijan will express its protest to France over this matter [Sahakyan’s visit] via diplomatic channels. France demonstrating such an approach based on double standards is forcing Azerbaijan to review their relations,” the statement said.

France has violated the rule of law, international principles and its own obligations, the ministry said.

“This move by France is inconsistent with the spirit of bilateral Azerbaijani-French relations of cooperation and the agreements signed between Baku and Paris. Furthermore, it disrespects the rule of the international norms and principles and the international obligations assumed by Paris,” the statement said.

Thus France, a permanent member of the UN Security council and a co-chair of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, prompts questions about its own objectivity and impartiality in the Karabakh peace process, the ministry said.

Military memorandum signed between Belarus and Azerbaijan addressed against Armenia’s interests: Acting PM
/Nov 20/Aysor/

Armenia condemns military memorandum signed between Belarus and Azerbaijan, Armenia’s acting PM Nikol Pashinyan said at a news conference today, stressing that such deals are aimed against Armenia and its interests.
“We must get reciprocal explanations from each other. Each of the CSTO member states should clearly know what commitments it has before the other member state, before its military-political ally, what commitments each member state has before the organization and the opposite – the commitments the organization has before its member states,” Pashinyan said.
He said Armenia fully implements its commitments which unfortunately cannot be said about its other partners.
“Our issue is clear. We are going to give new content to the CSTO, to specify the commitments and mutual relations,” the acting PM said.