30 Oct 2018 12:59

Armenia's foreign policy wouldn't change after snap elections - parliament speaker

MOSCOW. Oct 30 (Interfax) - Armenian society has come to a consensus regarding the country's participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Armenian Parliament Speaker Ara Babloyan said.

"I would like to reassure my colleagues that Armenia's foreign policy vector will not change as a result of possible snap elections, because there is a consensus in society as regards Armenia's participation in the CSTO," Babloyan said at a meeting of Council of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly on Tuesday.

He expressed regret that the meeting had to be transferred from Yerevan to Moscow.

"The political situation in Armenia may lead to the dissolution of parliament and, consequently, to early elections. But in spite of everything, we were ready to fulfill our obligations and host these events. At the same time, we respect the consensus decision to postpone the Yerevan session," Babloyan said.

Hopefully, Armenia will host the council's meeting and a plenary session soon, he said.

Commenting on Babloyan's remarks, Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin invited the members of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly to hold routine consultations to discuss where the future session would be held.

There is a years-old tradition of holding the Assembly's spring visiting sessions in the country chairing the CSTO, Volodin said, adding that Kyrgyzstan will take over the chairmanship from Kazakhstan on November 8.

"In the fall, if Armenia puts forth such a proposal, we could consider holding the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly [session] in Yerevan," Volodin said.

The participants in the meeting of the Council of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly supported these initiatives.