In Yerevan responded to reports of “irritation” of the Moscow situation in the CSTO :: Policy :: RBC

Armenia intends to retain the post of Secretary General of the CSTO, despite the persecution of the current administrative head of the organization Khachaturova, said the press Secretary of the Prime Minister. The Russian foreign Ministry doubt that this can be done

Yuri Khachaturov

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After the presentation of the Armenian allegations to the Secretary General of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) Yuri Khachaturov Yerevan plans to retain the quota for this post. In Armenia based on the fact that the new Secretary General must also be a representative Republic, told RBC press Secretary of the Prime Minister of Armenia Arman Yeghoyan.

On the question of the correspondent of RBC, whether Yerevan to insist that the new Secretary General was the representative of Armenia, Yeghoyan said, “the Quota belongs to Armenia up to 2020”.

The interlocutor of RBC in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Armenia has noticed that investigation on “March 1 case” is an internal affair of the country, has no political or international implications. According to him, Yerevan is doing everything to the situation of Secretary not affected the authority of the organization. According to him, the Armenian side is in constant contact with the Russian.

At the same time, the interlocutor of RBC in the Russian foreign Ministry expressed doubt that the country’s military agreement will agree on a candidate from Armenia, considering the situation around Khachaturov.

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Previously, the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the interlocutors from government agencies wrote that the presentation of Yerevan charges Hachaturova called in Moscow the “special irritation”. The newspaper’s sources said that the new candidate from Armenia will not be approved automatically. If the Armenian candidate is not satisfied with the other countries, their candidate will push Belarus. “Armenian disassembly cause enormous damage to the image of the entire organization, it is strange that they do not understand”, — said the interlocutor of the newspaper, close to the presidential administration of Russia.

The CSTO Secretary General Khachaturov in Armenia accused of overthrow of the constitutional order in March 2008 (the same charge the court has charged former President Robert Kocharian). On July 27 the Yerevan court released him on bail of about $10.3 thousand According to the criminal code of Armenia, the punishment for the overthrow of the constitutional order involves the deprivation of liberty for up to 15 years.

The next day, Armenia has proposed to the member States of the CSTO to begin the process of replacing the Secretary-General.

Khachaturov, commander of the Yerevan garrison, and held the position of Deputy head of Armenian defense Ministry during the suppression of protests in March 2008. Then after the presidential election, won by Serzh Sargsyan, the opposition accused the authorities of irregularities and rigging elections.

Major protests on 1 and 2 March 2008 has led to clashes of protesters with the security forces. Victims of the clashes began ten people, more than 200 were injured. The protests ended after the then President Robert Kocharyan imposed a state of emergency.

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