Putin: If Armenia has concerns, we will finalize the issue of the status of the CIS in the CSTO

Russia (, - Vladimir Putin supported the idea of ​​giving the Commonwealth of Independent States an observer status in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, as this step will create additional mechanisms for solving security problems in the CIS space. The head of the Russian state stated this today, October 14, at an expanded meeting of the Council of Commonwealth Leaders in Astana.

The document on obtaining the status was submitted for signing during the meeting.

Putin recalled that at previous meetings of the CIS leaders, the importance of stepping up joint work to strengthen security in the region and develop interaction between the CIS and the CSTO was discussed.

“We support the decision proposed for our approval to obtain the CIS observer status at the CSTO. If some colleagues, in particular, the Prime Minister (Armenia), have some concerns about this, then this issue needs to be further worked out, paid attention to and work on it,” the President of Russia noted.

At the same time, Putin expressed the opinion that the status of a CIS observer in the CSTO in itself "does not interfere with anyone, but, on the contrary, creates additional opportunities to use all these platforms for consultations and finding solutions."

As the Armenian media noted on Friday, Azerbaijan is also a member of the CIS, and, apparently, this is the reason for the concern of the Armenian leadership, represented by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, mentioned by Vladimir Putin.

Recall that the CSTO includes Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Armenia is currently chairing a military-political bloc whose summit is scheduled to be held in Yerevan next month.

Putin: If Armenia has concerns, we will finalize the issue of the status of the CIS in the CSTO