‘Nagorno-Karabakh is not a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), and Stepanakert (Khankendi) will not receive military support from the Organisation.’ As reported by Novosti Armenia, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov said this during the Moscow-Yerevan-Astana-Bishkek-Minsk TV bridge on the topic ‘Major threats to military security for the CSTO member states.’
He noted that all CSTO agreements were signed specifically with Armenia, and, accordingly, it has certain obligations to Yerevan. ‘Citizens of Armenia should be sure that, if necessary, the CSTO will not leave them in trouble,’ Sidorov stressed.
At the same time, colonel-general added that the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is quite tense, but not so much that the two countries ‘would take from each other their respective capitals.’
Sidorov drew attention to the fact that the CSTO does not have the authority to intervene in any conflict, in which a country that is a member of the Organisation participates, without a corresponding request for support, while in the North Atlantic alliance member countries are provided support without waiting for a request for help.