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Armenia to remain CSTO member despite all difficulties — Kremlin

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also recalled that the CSTO played a crucial role in resolving the Kazakhstan crisis this January

YEREVAN, November 24. /TASS/. Armenia will certainly remain a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) despite the fact that it was not possible to agree on everything, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday after the CSTO summit.

"It will definitely stay," Peskov said when asked if Armenia would remain a CSTO member.

"Despite the complexity, despite the fact that, as the leaders said in their speeches, not everything could have been negotiated, the event [the SCTO summit] has once again demonstrated the need for this format, as well as the demand for and the viability of the CSTO," the Kremlin spokesman added.

Peskov recalled that the CSTO played a crucial role in resolving the Kazakhstan crisis this January.

"It was the first constructive engagement at the request of the host party to this organization, which resulted in stabilization of the situation and helped Kazakhstan enter a positive trajectory of development, which culminated in the recent [snap presidential] election," Peskov said.

The Kremlin spokesman pointed out that the CSTO leaders had congratulated President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on his convincing victory in the election.

"The CSTO is much in demand, it is needed, but the complexity of negotiations [within the CSTO] is caused by intricacies of the moment which we are all going through, which is rife with conflicts, rife with contradictions, a paradigm shift in international relations and in the whole international system of relations, which we are all going through together now," the Russian presidential press secretary concluded.