The CSTO’s failure to elect Secretary General is a shame, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko says, Belta reports.
Speaking to reporters today, Lukashenko blamed Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for “creating the problem.”
“We were not the one to create the problem. The problem emerged after he [Nikol Pashinyan] detained the CSTO chief,” the Belarus President said.
“Pashinyan plunged us into domestic political problems,” he added.
The President further explained that “Belarus was next in line to assume the CSTO chairmanship after Armenia.”
“It was somewhat inconvenient for me to talk about this topic as if I wanted to have our person there. No, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Vladimir Putin and others supported the idea of passing on the presidency to Belarus. And I said we are ready,” he said.
The President of Belarus also emphasized that “it’s necessary to appoint young Generals to the post to stress the importance of the CSTO.”
Lukashenko said, however, that he apologized to Armenia’s acting PM after heated debates during the recent summit of the Eurasian Economic Union in St Petersburg.
“We were apologizing there… I offered an apology to [acting Prime Minister of Armenia] Nikol [Pashinyan] for attacking him due to various reasons. Putin offered an apology to everyone. It was such a mess there… [Kazakhstan President Nursultan] Nazarbayev started apologizing. It did happen. We indeed offered apologies to each other during the meeting,” noted Alexander Lukashenko.
The post of the CSTO Secretary General remains vacant after Armenia recalled its representative Yuri Khachaturov, who is charged with overthrowing the constitutional order during the unrest that followed the 2008 presidential elections.