Armenia may apply for military assistance from Russia and CSTO

Armenia may apply to Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for military assistance. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated this on October 12.

According to him, all mechanisms can be involved if necessary and based on contractual obligations.

As the high-ranking diplomat added, Armenia has no intention to break the truce in Nagorno-Karabakh. “We are not going to break something… We must not lose hope, we must not lose this chance,” the Minister stated.

He stressed that the military solution to the conflict in Karabakh will be a disaster for all, there is no alternative to political settlement. The military solution of the issue will be a catastrophe for the region, Mnatsakanyan added.

Another aggravation of the military conflict between Baku and Yerevan in Karabakh, which started in February 1988, occurred on September 27. The parties bear losses among military and civilian population. They laid the responsibility for aggravation of the situation on each other.

Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on ceasefire on October 9 following negotiations held in Moscow at the initiative of the Russian side. Shots were to stop on October 10 from 12:00 local time for humanitarian purposes for exchange of prisoners and bodies.

Besides, the sides agreed to start substantive negotiations through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to achieve a peaceful settlement of the situation in NKR as soon as possible and confirmed the invariability of the format of the negotiation process.

However, after the agreement was reached, Baku and Yerevan started receiving reports of ceasefire violations. Thus, on October 12 Armenia stated that NKR air defense system shot down Su-25 attack aircraft in the north-east direction of the country. Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan wrote on Facebook that Turkish F16 is present in Karabakh. This information was denied in Azerbaijan.