In Minsk responded harshly to the Armenian proposal to exclude Belarus from the CSTO

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Belarus stated that the country has made its choice and the idea of its exclusion from the organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) have no reason to. This was stated by head of information Department – press Secretary of the Belarusian foreign Ministry Dmitry Mironchik.

“Proposals to exclude Belarus from the CSTO deprived of legal grounds”, – said Dmitry Mironchik.

He noted that participation or non-participation in the CSTO is a purely voluntary, Belarus “made his choice”.

Recall, on 8 February, the head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Republican party of Armenia Vahram Baghdasaryan said that Belarus should be excluded from the CSTO. This view he expressed after the extradition of the owner of Russian and Israeli passports Alexander Lapshin to Azerbaijan, where he was charged in connection with a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh.

“This is not the first case when Belarus demonstrates a biased attitude towards the Armenian side. Extradition blogger Alexander Lapshin from Minsk to Baku is a bargain in exchange for a received order”, – said Baghdasaryan in Parliament on Wednesday.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 29 November 2016 in Baku was awarded the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the highest award of the Republic – the order of Heydar Aliyev.

Earlier Lukashenko expressed dissatisfaction with the cooperation with Russia.