[The Collective Security Treaty Organization was established in 1992 and has always consisted exclusively of former Soviet republics; that has been the nature of the organization. No new nation has joined since 1994, though three have left.
Pakistan of course never had anything to do with the Soviet Union except to allow American spy planes to use its air bases and effectively to have fought a ten-year proxy war with it in Afghanistan.
When Pakistan joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2017, a much broader organization than the CSTO, it did so jointly with India, with China as Pakistan’s sponsor and Russia as India’s to balance it out.
For Pakistan to join the CSTO as a partner nation would be a direct affront to Russia’s 74-year ally India.
For Azerbaijan to join the CSTO after the Shusha Declaration with Turkey is to bring NATO into the group.]
July 7, 2021
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is planning to establish an institute of partner states, which will have the right to a consultative vote, Chairman of the PA CSTO, Speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said on July 1, RIA Novosti reports.
Azerbaijan and Pakistan are allegedly among the countries interested in the new format.
“It is proposed to consider the establishment of a new partnership institute for the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly. Partners will have the right to consultative votes, participate in the preparation of documents and the development of collective decisions,” he said at a meeting of the Council of the organization.
Volodin maintained that a number of countries are interested in cooperation within the CSTO PA.
The head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov told reporters that many countries are interested in the new format, but named only two of them – Azerbaijan and Pakistan. “As a rule, it is not customary to talk about such things. For example, Pakistan has long wanted to be both an observer and now, perhaps, as a partner,” he said, adding that the rights of observers and partners will differ from each other.
July 7, 2021
Armenia: CSTO statements could have encouraged Azerbaijan’s provocation
Secretary of the Security Council Armen Grigoryan believes the shootout provoked by Azerbaijan in Armenia’s border areas on July 5 may have been influenced by “some statements coming from the CSTO”.
Grigoryan was referring to a statement from the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas who described the Azerbaijani military’s incursion into Armenia as a “border incident” which he said does not fall under the provisions of the CSTO charter on collective defense.
“This (the border shootout – Ed.) is a provocation organized by Azerbaijan, which led to us having two wounded soldiers,” Grigoryan said in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia on July 6.
“Our main concern in connection with Mr. Zas’s interview was caused by the fear that non-constructive statements could have negative consequences for the peace process.”
According to him, “such statements give Azerbaijan grounds for provocations.”
“Therefore, we began consultations to rule such statements in the future,” Grigoryan said. He added that the situation on the border with Azerbaijan is still fragile, but efforts are being made to stabilize the situation and create conditions to eliminate such incidents.
Azerbaijani forces violated Armenia’s border in several sections in the provinces of Syunik and Gegharkunik on May 12 and 13 and are still refusing to withdraw their troops from the area. One Armenian serviceman was killed in Azerbaijan’s shooting on May 25, six troops were captured on May 27, although four of them have already returned home.
July 7, 2021
Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan held telephone talks with CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, during which he expressed concern about some formulations and assessments voiced by the CSTO Secretary General on July 3.
The phone conversation came after Zas described the Azerbaijani military’s incursion into Armenia as a “border incident” which he said does not fall under the provisions of the CSTO charter on collective defense.
The Security Council chief said the current situation cannot be described as “an incident”, since the Azerbaijani servicemen have not left the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia for a long time.
“Considering that the actions of the Azerbaijani side are an obvious attempt to occupy a part of the sovereign territory of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan once again stressed that it is necessary to exercise restraint in assessments coming from the CSTO Secretariat, so as not to jeopardize constructive efforts to resolve the situation”, reads a message from the Security Council.
At the end of the conversation, Grigoryan recommended organizing a trip for the CSTO secretariat so that the organization can learn more about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization is a military alliance in Eurasia, of which Armenia is a member. The CSTO was contacted days after the Azerbaijani forces violated Armenia’s border in several sections in the provinces of Syunik and Gegharkunik on May 12 and 13. The Azeri military is still refusing to withdraw their troops from the area. One Armenian serviceman was killed in Azerbaijan’s shooting on May 25, six troops were captured on May 27, although four of them have already returned home.