Lukashenko calm about Pashinyan's refusal to attend CSTO summit in Minsk


Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has calmly accepted the refusal of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to participate in the session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which is scheduled to take place in Minsk on 23 November, BelTA learned from Natalya Eismont, Press Secretary of the Belarusian head of state.

Aleksandr Lukashenko talked to Nikol Pashinyan over the phone on 14 November. The parties discussed the situation in the Caucasus, the bilateral relations, and the agenda of the forthcoming CSTO summit.

It is not the first time the Armenian leader has refused to attend integration events. For example, he missed a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Bishkek in October.

Natalya Eismont added: “The president understands that it is up to any head of state to make such decisions. The invitation was sent to the prime minister of Armenia just like to other heads of state. For example, the Russian president was invited to attend the summit during a recent phone call. He accepted the invitation.”

“Bearing in mind his experience and actions taken by some other prominent politicians in similar situations, the president suggested that the prime minister of Armenia should not hurry, should not make hasty decisions but should seriously think about the next steps, which may be aimed at disintegration,” the press secretary noted.

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