Russia will try to strengthen military cooperation with Azerbaijan after Armenia’s representative is appointed secretary general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Sergey Markov, Russian president’s confidant, member of the Russian Public Chamber, told Trend Sept. 13.
Previously, Nikolay Bordyuzha, incumbent CSTO secretary general, said that the name of the new CSTO secretary general will be announced at a meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan on October 14.
Bordyuzha said that Armenia’s representative will be appointed to that post.
Later, Interfax agency reported citing a source in the Armenian government that Seyran Ohanyan, Armenian defense minister, is likely to be appointed the CSTO secretary general.
"Armenia is a full member of the CSTO, so its representatives are not deprived of the right to hold any senior posts,” Markov told Trend. “But I think that Russia understands that this appointment will be negatively perceived in Baku.”
“Azerbaijan is also considered as an important ally of Russia, so I think that the appointment of the Armenian politician to the post of the CSTO secretary general will be countervailed by strengthening some other formats of the Russia-Azerbaijan cooperation in military and military-technical cooperation," Markov said.
He added that the appointment will not affect Russia's efforts to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Markov said that today there is a real possibility of a serious breakthrough in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.
Markov added that the new CSTO head, as well as all representatives of Armenia in other organizations, will try to win the favor of other countries and organizations over Nagorno-Karabakh region.
"But I do not think that the new CSTO head will have any success in this direction," he said.
Markov added that other CSTO countries, in particular Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, are favorably disposed to Azerbaijan and consider Azerbaijan as a friendly country.
Bordyuzha led the organization in 2003. Later, he was re-elected to that post three times.