As long as the conflict continues in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)] and has not moved to Armenia, it is inappropriate to talk about CSTO engagement, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Pankin said, RIA Novosti reported.
"It [the conflict] has not moved to the territory [of Armenia], there was no request nor was there a formal petition from Armenia. The CSTO assists its member states in certain situations when there is clear aggression. We are still talking about Nagorno-Karabakh, which has not been recognized by the Armenians themselves as part of their territory and probably cannot be recognized. It is inappropriate to talk about the use of the CSTO defense potential," Pankin told reporters.