15 Oct 2018 16:38

CSTO PA meeting could change venue from Yerevan to Moscow - State Duma

MOSCOW. Oct 15 (Interfax) - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (PA CSTO) is planning to meet in Moscow instead of Yerevan because of the expected dissolution of the Armenian parliament, Leonid Kalashnikov, chairman of the State Duma committee for CIS, Eurasian integration and compatriots, said.

"We have decided - and [Duma Speaker Vyacheslav] Volodin announced it at the Duma Council - to move the PA CSTO from Yerevan to Moscow, because the Armenian parliament is apparently going to disband by that time," Kalashnkov told journalists on Monday.

"In that case, the question remains: with whom will we hold the PA CSTO [meeting]? With the acting [parliament]?" he said.

"Interfering in the affairs of another country by coming and holding a parliamentary assembly when pre-election emotions are at a boiling point in that country - that, too, would be wrong," Kalashnkov said.

"We will calmly meet in Moscow and then, when things have stabilized, we will work both with the parliament and the prime minister in office," he said.

The meeting will be held in Moscow on October 29-30, Kalashnkov said.