Col General Yuri Khachaturov, former Chief of Staff of the Armenian Army and until recently Secretary of Armenia's National Security Council, has been appointed Secretary General of the the Russia led military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO).
The appointment ends a period of uncertainty in the organisation after some member states last year were reluctant to appoint an Armenian to that position. Armenia on its part insisted that it had a right to nominate the new Secretary General due to the organisation's rule that follow a rotation system.
Khachaturov was born in Tetri Tskaro in Georgia where he lived until his early twenties, after which he served in the Soviet Armed forces and saw service in Afghanistan. He transferred to the Armenian army in 1992.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Col General Yuri Khachaturov (archive picture)
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