Nikol Pashinyan says his decision was motivated by the simmering conflict with Azerbaijan

Armenia has de facto suspended its participation in the key security agreement with Russia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said, citing the continuing tensions with its neighbor and arch-rival Azerbaijan.

In an interview with France 24 that was published on Thursday, Pashinyan said that his country has grown dissatisfied with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a six-member bloc founded shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union.