Putin speaks on ‘problems and achievements’ of Russia-led alliance

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) helps defend its members’ interests, the Russian president says

The work of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is not flawless, but it still contributes to defending the national interests of member states, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the CSTO summit on Wednesday. Along with Russia, the alliance comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

“We do see not just achievements, but problems as well,” the Russian president said at the meeting in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Earlier on Wednesday, the host nation’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan criticized the alliance’s response to an outbreak of hostilities between Armenia and its regional rival Azerbaijan during the autumn.

Pashinyan said it was “disappointing” that Yerevan’s CSTO membership did not prevent Baku from what he called “aggressive actions.” The prime minister also stated…

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