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Yerevan has petitioned to Russia to start consultations on security within the framework of bilateral agreements; there is no talk of a CSTO engagement. Armenia’s ambassador to Russia Vardan Toghanyan told RIA Novosti about this.

"It is about petitioning to the President of the Russian Federation, making a reference to our bilateral agreements," the ambassador said when asked whether this petition refers to the CSTO, or whether it is about a bilateral format.

And the CSTO told RIA Novosti that Yerevan had not petitioned to the organization for help.

"Currently, there is no petition from the Armenian side in the CSTO Secretariat," said CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov.

As Armenian News-NEWS.am reported earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had petitioned to Russian President Vladimir Putin to start immediate consultations to determine the type and amount of assistance that Russia can provide to Armenia for ensuring its security, and on the basis of the Armenia-Russia allied relations and Article 2 of the August 29, 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the two countries.

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry had responded to Pashinyan’s petition, noting that Russia will provide all necessary assistance to Yerevan if the current hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict zone moved into the territory of Armenia.

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