After Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refused to travel to the CSTO summit in Minsk, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko warned the politician against “rash steps towards disintegration.” Natalya Eismont, press secretary of Mr. Lukashenko, spoke about this.
According to her, the day before, on November 14, a telephone conversation took place between Alexander Lukashenko and Nikol Pashinyan, during which the Armenian prime minister’s refusal to travel to the traditional annual CSTO summit was discussed. “Based on his experience and the actions of some other well-known politicians in similar situations, the president suggested that the Prime Minister of Armenia should not rush, not make hasty decisions, but seriously consider the next steps that could be aimed at disintegration,” Ms. Eismont told the Belarusian state agency BelTA.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov during a conference call expressed regret over the decision of the Armenian Prime Minister not to go to the CSTO summit.
The CSTO summit is scheduled to take place in the Belarusian capital on November 23. The leaders of the remaining member states of the organization announced their intention to personally attend the event. Representatives of the Armenian leadership had previously repeatedly refused to participate in working meetings within the CSTO, and Nikol Pashinyan, in an interview with American media, criticized the organization and expressed dissatisfaction with its activities.
For more details, see the Kommersant text “Mountaineers and Warnings.”