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YEREVAN. – It can’t be said that Azerbaijan has a greater leverage over the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) than Armenia. Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan on Tuesday noted this.

Kocharyan stated the aforesaid at the National Assembly session debates on the matter of ratifying the second protocol on amendments to the Collective Security Treaty—and while responding the questions of opposition MPs who have expressed concern over a possible intensification of cooperation between the CSTO and Azerbaijan.

In his words, Azerbaijan solely has an indirect leverage over this organization, and this is by way of cooperation with the CSTO member countries.

“We [the CSTO] don’t accept the right of veto, since in this case, we make a joint decision,” Kocharyan said, “that is, we must make a joint decision to grant any state any status [within this organization].”

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