Azerbaijani Authorities Show Interest In Cooperating With The CSTO.

Azerbaijan is showing an interest in cooperation with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), reports citing Azerbaijani media.

“On July 1, the CSTO PA [(Parliamentary Assembly)] meeting was held in Dushanbe. At the meeting, a decision was made to establish an institution of CSTO partner states. The corresponding proposal was submitted by the chairman of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin.

A historic decision has been made. Volodin specifically noted that the partners will not have a decisive voice in the CSTO organizations, but will have the right to participate in the preparation of documents and the development of collective decisions. He stated that a number of countries are showing an interest in cooperation within the organization.

Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the Committee for [CIS Affairs,] Eurasian Integration [and Relations with Compatriots] of the State Duma, named the countries aspiring to the status of partner country. Among them, he mentioned Azerbaijan and Pakistan,” reports Azerbaijan’s

To note, Armenia is a member in the CSTO.

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