Lavrov explained to the foreign Minister of Armenia the procedure of revocation of powers of the CSTO Secretary General

MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in telephone conversation with the foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan gave the necessary explanations on the procedure of revocation of the authority of the Secretary-General of the organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) Yuri Khachaturov after the charges against him. This is stated in a statement on Saturday, the comments of the Russian foreign Ministry.

“In connection with the statement by the press Secretary of the Armenian foreign Ministry regarding the replacement of the Secretary General of CSTO we consider it necessary to inform you that the necessary explanations were given to the Armenian party in a telephone conversation between Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan 27 July,” the Ministry noted.

“In particular, it was stated that in accordance with the rules of procedure of the CSTO is the Armenian side should formally initiate a review of his citizen from his post as General Secretary of the CSTO, if the decision on such review was made in Yerevan”, – noted in the foreign Ministry.

The special investigation service of Armenia on Thursday has charged the Secretary General of the CSTO, General-Colonel Yuri Khachaturov in the overthrow of the constitutional order in 2008 and asked the court to select arrest as a preventive measure. The Secretary General of the CSTO stated that he does not plead guilty to the charges. The court of General jurisdiction of Yerevan on Saturday morning Khachaturov was released under recognizance not to leave after paying bail in the amount of 5 million AMD (about $10K). Yerevan on Saturday suggested the CSTO member States to start the process of replacing the Secretary General after charges against him.