Today, at the Presidential Palace started a session of the CSTO Collective Security Council in the restricted format with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakijan Sagintaev, and Secretary General of the CSTO Nikolay Bordzyuzha. The session is chaired by the President of Armenia which was presiding in the Council between the sessions of 2015-2016.
Welcoming the participants of the session and noting that today Armenia’s presidency at the CSTO comes to an end, President Sargsyan underscored that Armenia attaches great importance to the success of the Yerevan summit.
“We have tried to do our best so that our mutual work is sapid and efficient, for the benefit of the cooperation of our countries in the Organization and for the development of the CSTO in general. It is expected that today we will discuss a wide range of issues related to the earlier adopted decisions. Discussed will be a number of documents, adoption of which will set the guidelines of our cooperation in the nearest future.
I am confident that traditions of a constructive mood and mutual assistance will be with us during this session too, which will allow to operatively endorse and adopt important decisions.
Once again, as the accepting side, I welcome you to Armenia. Welcome to Yerevan,” said the President of Armenia during his welcoming remarks addressed to the participants of the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council.
The session in the restricted format will be followed by the session in the extended format with the participation of the official delegations of the CSTO member states.