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CSTO summit called off at Armenia's request, Putin's Aide says
2018-12-04 18:19:35

The summit of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) scheduled for December 6 has been postponed at the request of Armenia, which is preparing for elections, Russian President's Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters today, TASS reports.

“Taking note of the request of the Armenian side, which is in the middle of election campaigning, it has been decided to call off the summit scheduled for December 6,” Ushakov said.

Dutring the summit the CSTO Heads of State were to discuss the issue of the organization’s Secretary General. The post has been vacant since Armenia recalled its representative Yuri Khachaturov, who is charged with overthrowing the constitutional order during the March 1 arrest that followed the Presidential elections in February 2008.

According to Yuri Ushakov, Valeri Semerikov will thus keep office as the acting Secretary General.

As for the candidacy of the new chief of the organization, he said “there are several options.”

He added that a new Summit is unlikely until the end of the year.