MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. The Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is working on proposals to hold a joint exercise of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces in 2023 not in Armenia but in other member countries, Spokesman for the CSTO Joint Staff Vladislav Shchegrikovich told TASS on Tuesday.
He noted that the Joint Staff received information from the Armenian Defense Ministry on the inexpediency of holding drills with the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces on Armenian soil. "Currently, the CSTO Joint Staff is working on proposals on the possibility of holding such an exercise in other CSTO member states and defining the plan of joint training of governance bodies and formations of forces and means of the CSTO collective security system for 2023," the spokesman added.
The spokesman also stressed that information on the organization’s joint drills within the framework of joint operating and combat training in 2023 will be presented at a press conference of the chief of the CSTO Joint Staff on the results of joint training of governance bodies and formations of forces and means of the CSTO collective security system in 2022 and goals for 2023 which is scheduled in February.
Earlier on Tuesday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a press conference that in the current situation Armenia is not going to hold the CSTO drills in 2023.