"At the summit held in Yerevan, we agreed on the document on sending the CSTO mission to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the press conference on the results of 2022, APA's Moscow bureau reports.
"However, it was not possible to achieve this. Our Armenian colleagues insisted that the Azerbaijani side be strongly condemned in that document. We explained that if it's about condemnation and rhetoric, then everyone can do what they want. But if we want to send the CSTO mission, then we should not do it with statements. Our preparations for sending the CSTO mission to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border remain. Although we are allies with Armenia, the CSTO mission is completely ready, but the Armenian side prefers to agree with the European Union on the deployment of the civilian observer mission for a long time on the border. This, surely, is the right of Armenia. But it should not be forgotten that we talk about the border with Azerbaijan. Probably, if this mission is deployed on the border without Azerbaijan's consent, it will be unproductive. Not strengthening the trust on the border may lead to tensions," said the Russian FM.