No anti-Armenian sentiments in changing venue of CSTO PA meeting, FM says

No anti-Armenian sentiments in changing venue of CSTO PA meeting, FM says

Armenia’s acting Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan urged journalists on Thursday not to look for anti-Armenian sentiments in the decision of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to change the venue of a meeting of its Parliamentary Assembly (PA) that was slated for October 29-30 in Yerevan. The gathering will be held instead in Russia’s capital Moscow, Arka News Agency reported.

The decision was prompted by the widely anticipated dissolution of the Armenian parliament, although the deputies will continue to perform their duties until a new parliament is elected.  The next plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of CSTO will be held in Yerevan.

“We need to treat this issue pragmatically, whether the meeting takes place in Armenia or elsewhere. I don’t see any problem. We are ready to participate in the meeting and there’s no need to look for anything contradictory in this decision. This is a very pragmatic approach,” Mnatsakanyan said.

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