Yerevan: Armenia will activate the response procedures envisioned by the Collective Security Treaty and the Armenian-Russian strategic system amid the border tensions with Azerbaijan, acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday.
“Armenia will further activate the procedures stipulated by the Collective Security Treaty and the Armenian-Russian strategic system. Our position is clear: Azerbaijani servicemen must leave the territory of Armenia,” Pashinyan said in his speech at a security council meeting, which he posted on Facebook.
According to the acting prime minister, relevant negotiations lasted until late Sunday evening and will continue on Wednesday.
“Until the Azerbaijani forces leave the territory of Armenia, we qualify the situation as a crisis, which threatens Armenia’s stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity that are envisioned by the Collective Security Treaty Organization charter, the Collective Security Treaty and the procedure for reacting to crisis situations … which means these mechanisms must be activated,” Pashinyan noted.
The acting head of the Armenian government went on to say that some border areas continued to witness growing tensions.
“Tensions and a tendency toward an increased aggression of the Azerbaijani forces can be seen in some sections of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Pashinyan said.
According to him, some units of the Azerbaijani armed forces have withdrawn from the Armenian land over the past three days.
“There are signs that this may happen today, too. But, in general, the military-political situation has been unchanged since May 12,” Pashinyan added.
On May 12, the Armenian Defense Ministry said it had detected a 3.5-kilometer (2.2 miles) incursion by the Azerbaijani armed forces into Armenia’s Syunik region and an attempt to enclose the Sevlich lake. The situation at the border was discussed on the same day by the Armenian and Russian foreign ministers, Ara Aivazian and Sergey Lavrov. On May 14, Pashinyan briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin about his intent to seek CSTO consultations amid the situation in the Syunik region.