Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Yerevan on Wednesday
to participate in a session of the Collective Security Council, the
main body of the Moscow-led bloc known as the Collective Security
Treaty Organization (CSTO), trend reports citing tass .
The summit is expected to be attended by Armenian Prime Minister
Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kyrgyz
President Sadyr Zhaparov and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon. The
participation of Kazakh leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who won the
November 20 early presidential election by a landslide, is now
under question, since his inauguration ceremony is due on November
The Kremlin press service earlier reported that the summit in
Yerevan would focus on key cooperation areas within the
organization, as well as on important international and regional
Putin is expected to meet with Pashinyan on the sidelines of the
event. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the
Russian leader 'will have an opportunity' to meet with his
Belarusian counterpart as well.
The summit will be preceded by foreign and defense ministerial
meetings, as well as by a meeting of secretaries of national
security councils from the CSTO member states.
Participants of those events are expected to discuss military
and political situation in collective security areas, addressing
also foreign policy, military and anti-terrorist cooperation within
the CSTO and measures to boost the collective security system.
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