The 10-second clip, shared by Anton Gerashchenko, the adviser to the minister of internal affairs of Ukraine, on Thursday, had been viewed more than 1.2 million times at the time of writing.
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It appears to show the moment when Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced at the CSTO summit on Wednesday that he wouldn't be signing a draft joint declaration of the Russian-dominated alliance of former Soviet nations.
The six members of CSTO are: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Russia.
"I am closing the meeting, thank you very much. Thank you very much," Pashinyan said, before he began to rise from his seat.
Nikol Pashinyan refused to sign a declaration following the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit.
In fact, it means that the CSTO has collapsed completely.
Putin dropped his pen, Lukashenko is shocked. pic.twitter.com/lqPwusW4Gi
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 24, 2022
Putin proceeded to drop his pen on the table in front of him, while a seemingly shocked Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko looked on.
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"Nikol Pashinyan refused to sign a declaration following the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit. In fact, it means that the CSTO has collapsed completely. Putin dropped his pen, Lukashenko is shocked," tweeted Gerashchenko.
Pashinyan said he didn't sign the draft joint declaration because it didn't include a statement about neighboring Azerbaijan, which he accused of "aggression" against his nation's territorial integrity.
Azerbaijan and Armenia, both former members of the Soviet Union, began fighting at their shared border in September. Both nations blame the other for the clashes, and for violating a cease-fire agreement. The conflict is the worst that the two rival ex-Soviet republics in the Caucasus have engaged in since 2020, when thousands were killed.
Earlier this year, Armenia was unsuccessful in its attempt to invoke the CSTO's collective-defense provision.
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"These are very important issues. We should consult on issues that will ensure long-term peace in the region," he told the leaders of the CSTO member states.
"Right up to today we have not managed to reach a decision on a CSTO response to Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia," Pashinyan said. "These facts do grave harm to the image of the CSTO both inside our country and outside its borders."
Pashinyan and Putin met of the sidelines of the CSTO summit, after the Armenian prime minister refused to put his name to the document, the Kremlin said.
Another clip from the CSTO summit that circulated on Twitter appeared to show Pashinyan distancing himself from Putin in a group photo.
Newsweek has contacted Russia's foreign ministry for comment.
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