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Belarusian president denies Armenia’s withdrawal from CSTO

Minsk, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko affirmed on Sunday that his Government has not received any statement on Armenia's withdrawal from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

“The foremost issue is that as we have not received any official notification that Armenia is going to leave the CSTO, that country remains a member of the organization,” Lukashenko told reporters at a polling station on Sunday, after having cast his vote in the Belarusian parliamentary and local council elections.

The head of State noted that the CSTO countries will react “absolutely calmly” to the corresponding statement. “If they do not want to be in the CSTO, it will not collapse, it will not be destroyed.”

Lukashenko added that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian cannot make a decision on the country’s withdrawal from the CSTO.

“The system of power in Armenia is not the same as in Belarus. Pashinian cannot make the decision to join or leave. There, the parliament makes the decision.”