Karabakh acting president Bako Sahakyan reelected
The acting president of Karabakh, Bako Sahakyan is reelected. The presidential vote took place on Wednesday during the National Assembly special session.
As it was reported earlier, two candidates were nominated for presidency. They were: MP Eduard Aghabekyan, who has been nominated by the Movement 88 faction of the NA; and incumbent President Bak...
Volodin's Indecent Proposal to Armenia
The president of the Russian Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has proposed to the Armenian government to give an official status to the Russian language, TASS informed. Volodin uttered this proposal in answer to the concerns that the Armenian driving license will not be valid in Russia starting from June 1. He said if the Russian language becomes the offici...
Russia ratifies deal on single division of troops with Armenia
The Russian State Duma on Friday ratified the agreement regarding the establishment of a single division of troops.
This agreement and its appendix determine the role, formation, deployment, and function procedure of this division of Armenian and Russian troops.
It is noted that this single division is intended for ensuring military security in t...
New postage stamp dedicated to the theme “Europa 2017. Castles”
On July 10th, 2017, a postage stamp dedicated to the theme “Europa 2017. Castles” was put into circulation.
The postage stamp was cancelled by Vahan Martirosyan, RA Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies, H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Ar...
Armenia ex-FM appointed ambassador to Denmark
The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, has signed decrees.
Accordingly, Hrachya Aghajanyan has been dismissed from his duties as Armenia’s ambassador to Denmark and Norway, and Alexander Arzoumanian has been appointed Armenia’s ambassador to Denmark.
Arzoumanian’s respective diplomatic residence will be in the Danish capital ...
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs offer to organize Armenia-Azerbaijan summit
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov, Stephane Visconti, and Richard Hoagland met on 11 July with the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and the Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian to discuss modalities of further work on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Personal Representative of the OSCE Ch...
3 Artsakh Soldiers Wounded in Azeri Shelling
STEPANAKERT—The Artsakh Defense Ministry on Friday reported that three soldiers of the Artsakh Defense Army have been wounded as a result of shelling from Azerbaijani positions.
The Ministry identified the soldiers as Robert Gasparyan (born in 1969), Hambartsum Harutyunyan (born in 1997) and Vahe Badalyan (born in 1998).
Head of the Armenia...
EU ambassador: All Armenians want to be independent in energy sector
All Armenians want to be independent in energy sector, and it is time for respective investments.
Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, on Friday stated about the aforementioned at the official opening of the first solar-powered bus stop in capital city Yerevan, and within the EU Energy Days 2017...
Azerbaijan "Burst": Armenia's Next Step
Yesterday Azerbaijan made a big fuss and called on all the international organizations demanding to condemn the operation of the Armenian forces in the result of which, according to the Azerbaijani side, civilians were killed.
The Armenian forces counterattacked after the Azerbaijanis started a large-scale artillery fire, hitting an Armenian comma...
Baku Has Confirmed Discrimination Against Russian Citizens with Armenian Origin
The Azerbaijani authorities have officially confirmed that they have a discriminative approach to those Russian citizens visiting Baku who have Armenian surnames or an Armenian origin. The spokesperson for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Hikmet Hajiyev has responded to the concerns expressed by the Russian foreign ministry, Armenpress informed.
It seems that Turkey’s condemnation or sympathy is conditioned by the national identity
Answers of Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan to the questions of Public TV channel’s Orakarg programme
Question: Mr. Kocharyan, what could be the assessment of the recent actions of Azerbaijan aimed at the escalation of situation?
Answer: This is yet another crime committed by Baku’s hereditary regime, which is founded on hat...
Stepanakert: Azerbaijan tries to divert attention from scandal of arms supply to Islamic State
With the help of the latest provocation, Azerbaijani authorities are attempting to divert attention from the diplomatic scandal around the arms supply to the Islamic State terrorist group.
Davit Babayan, Head of the Central Information Department of the Office of the President of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/NKR) and Deputy H...
Statement by Minsk Group Co-chairs
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs – Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Stephane Visconti of France, and Ambassador Richard Hoagland of the United States – have received information of renewed violence late in the evening on 4 July at Alkhanli village of Fizuli region that resulted in casualties, including civilians...
Gevorg Avetisyan: It is necessary to transfer the national culture to the younger generation living abroad (Video)
"Interview in Yelaket" and Anush Zohrabyan presenting a founder of "Fairtale's Calling" theatre Gevorg Avetisyan on the guest chair. The Q&A show host and her guest were talk about musical stageplay which were held in Armenia, June 2, as well as Armenian theatre in America.
Responding to a question about the establishment of the theater, Avet...
E5P fund providing €2 million to landfill in Armenia
Supporting Armenia’s effort to become greener, the E5P fund is co-financing the construction of a new landfill for solid waste for the Gegharkunik and Kotayk regions with a €2 million grant.
The EBRD, which manages the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership fund (E5P), and Armenia’s Ministry of Finance signed...
US ex-ambassadors to Armenia: Russian military base did not obstruct us
A conference on Armenia-US relations was convened in Washington D.C. The event brought together numerous people who crafted these relations over the past decades, reported Voice of America Armenian Service.
Ambassador of Armenia to the US, Grigor Hovhannissian, noted that Armenian-American relations have an age-old history, which is a lot longer t...
Azerbaijan Employs Four Lobbying and PR firms
California Courier publisher Harut Sassounian published an article in Asbarez where he notes that after identifying the lobbying and PR firms hired by the government of Turkey, it can time to report on four similar firms hired by Azerbaijan.
By observing Azerbaijan’s devious approach to foreign relations, I have noticed the following pattern...
It's Obvious What the Governance System Is and Will Be
Lragir.am has been Interviewed the Member of Parliament Vardan Bostanjyan, Tsarukyan Faction.
Mr. Bostanjyan, the economists say this government’s program shows that this is a government that lives for the day. In fact, is this government for the next five years or not?
At any rate, immersing oneself into it is not a rewarding experience, I...
Counterstrikes of Armenian Forces
The author of the TV program “In the Positions” Arshak Zakaryan has published a video on Youtube. He notes that this is a footage of the counterstrikes of the Armenian forces to the enemy.
Azerbaijan Gave up on Azerbaijan
According to the Turkish media, the Turkish minister of economy Nihat Zeybekci visited Kars where he announced about free trade with Nakhijevan. According to him, the process of free movement of goods between Nakhijevan and Turkey is being worked out.
Zeybekci said trade will be conducted in Turkish lira, free trade will promote the developme...
Transfers to Armenia Increased by 44 Million Dollars
The total volume of transfers to Armenia has increased by 44.554 million USD over the past one year. The volume of transfers in January-April 2017 was 422.246 million dollars against 377.692 million USD in January-April 2016, Armenpress informed, referring to the Central Bank.
In the past four months of this year the volume of transfers from Armen...
168 Zham: Measures Armenia should take to lift visas with EU
To liberalize its visa regime with Europe, Armenia needs first of all to clarify the framework of its obligations, Boris Navasarydan, the coordinator of the Armenian National Platform of the EU Eastern Partnership program, said in recent comments to the paper.
“I think the list of our obligations will be finalized after the Armenia-EU visa l...
IMF Approves $21.6 m loan disbursement to Armenia
The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s executive board authorized the disbursement of a fifth and final $21.6 million loan payment to Armenia.
"The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed today the fifth and final review of Armenia’s economic performance under a three-year arrangement under the Extended Fund...
EU: “Honeymoon” between Armenia and GSP + regime is over
“Honeymoon” in the interaction of Armenia and GSP + regime is over, and we are now at the stage of “ marriage”, advisor on trade issues of the European External Relations Service, head of the first GSP + monitoring mission visiting Armenia Guus Houttuin said.
None of nine countries included in GSP + is perfect from this poi...
Person who Appeared in Azerbaijan Had Conviction and Mental Issues
The person introducing himself Zaven Hovhannes Karapetyan who has appeared in the territory of Azerbaijan has a past conviction and mental issues. The mayor of Vanadzor Mamikon Aslanyan told Armenpress this person was strange. “He lived a strange life, was registered at the elderly people’s home to get a passport because he had no addre...
MP: Armenian government to bring defense into qualitatively new level
Armenian government will bring defense into a qualitatively new level, Armenian MP said in the parliament Thursday session during discussion of government's action plan for 2017-2022.
Koryun Nahapetyan, member of the Armenian National Assembly Standing Committee on defense, national security and legal affairs said large-scale reforms will be carri...
Lucky Breaks: A Visit to Yereruyk, Talin and Dashtadem
BY ACHOD PAPASIAN
Achod Papasian, an "Asbarez" columnist about Armenian architecture and his long trip to Armenia.
"One day, I was hanging out at my friend Siuneh’s and found a book dedicated to Armenian architecture in her library.
As I leafed through the pages, I came across the Yereruyk and Talin cathedrals—two jewels of medieval ...
Chain's Complete: Last Step Will Be Taken Tomorrow
The National Assembly will discuss the program of the government. The economists have underlined several important things in it. First, it lacks numbers and forecasts, which means that the government avoid responsibility.
It states a 5% economic growth which is possible provided the inflation, experts say. In other words, this is a growth which is...
EU Ambassador: I do not need public statements to send messages to Armenia authorities
EU ambassador does not need public statements to send messages to the Armenian authorities, Piotr Switalski himself told reporters in Yerevan on Tuesday.
Commenting on the recent remarks made by justice minister Davit Harutyunyan and deputy speaker of the parliament Eduard Sharmaznov not to interfere with the domestic affairs of Armenia, Switalski...
Armenia prevents import of Azerbaijani food salt, tea
The import of several products of Azerbaijani origin into Armenia was prevented recently at the border with Georgia, Armenian News-NEWS.am reports, State Revenue Committee informs.
Customs officers at the border discovered more than half a ton of food salt and tea of Azerbaijani origin in vehicles coming from Georgia.
In the passengers’ wor...
17-Year-Old Haik Martirosyan To Be Given Grandmaster Title
The junior Armenian chess players registered impressive results at the European Individual Chess Championship 2017 held at Minsk, Belarus.
“Haik Martirosyan, Aram Hakobyan, Artur Davtyan and Arman Mikaelyan played in grandmaster fashion. It is quite a great achievement to fulfill that sature at such a young age,” Mikayel Andreasyan, Ge...
Erdogan Slams US Move To Issue Arrest Warrants For Bodyguards
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the U.S. move to issue arrest warrants for 12 of his bodyguards linked with a brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington last month, reports Asbarez.com
Speaking at an iftar dinner in the capital Ankara on June 15, Erdogan said: “They have issued arrest warrants for 12 of my bodyguar...
Artsakh small aviation: First steps taken (Photos)
The Artsakh Air Fest air festival was held on June 17, in the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic/NKR), for the first time.
Armenian News-NEWS.am was on hand at the event.
The main objective of this festival was to promote tourism development in Artsakh, raise awareness of its small aviation potential, youth involvement, and stimulate ...
Miller Has Arrived After American 8 Billion Dollars
Miller, the president of Gazprom, is visiting Armenia. On the other hand, it is a question whether he is a guest or he has come home, considering the notorious agreement with Gazprom. Why has Miller come to Armenia? He has met with his Karen Karapetyan and Serzh Sargsyan. Issues relating to Gazprom’s activities, including both gas supply and ...
Karabakh army retaliates to suppress adversary’s actions
Azerbaijani side violated ceasefire regime around 300 times from different caliber weapons along the line of contact from June 11 to 17.
At the different sections of the line of contact adversary used 60mm and 82 mm mortars and anti-tank grenade launchers.
“The Karabakh army vaneguard units retaliated to suppress the adversary’s offen...
Contract soldier dies in Armenia’s Muratsan hospital
A contract soldier died in the Central Clinical Military Hospital of the Defense Ministry of Armenia on Wednesday.
Spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, told Armenian News - NEWS.am that contract soldier Narek Mkhitaryan had health problems.
“He underwent neck cyst operation and died early in the morning,” Hovhanni...
Babloyan: Armenian-Chinese relations will enter new phase of development
President of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia, Ara Babloyan, on Wednesday received Chinese Ambassador Tian Erlong.
First, he praised the current level of Armenian-Chinese relations, the NA informed Armenian News-NEWS.am. Also, the Armenian NA speaker underscored the role of parliamentary diplomacy in the development and deepening of bilateral...
Tajikistan president arrives in Armenia, on 2-day visit
At the invitation of President Serzh Sargsyan, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on Wednesday arrived in Armenia, on a two-day visit.
Rahmon was greeted at Zvartnots International Airport of capital city Yerevan by Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Along the lines of his trip, the Tajik president is scheduled to meet with the top leadership o...
Artsakh Won't Strike Istanbul-Baku Plane
According to press reports, the Airbus A321-231 of Turkish Airlines of the flight TK334 /THY3RF from Istanbul to Baku flies above Artsakh. The spokesperson for the president of Artsakh Republic Davit Babayan told Artsakhpress that unlike Azerbaijan, Artsakh is not a terrorist state, and a lot of international flights are operated above the territor...
Świtalski: Armenia’s justice reforms are among EU priorities
Justice Minister Davit Harutyunyan on Friday met with the head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski.
Harutyunyan thanked the EU delegation leader for assisting in the important projects being implemented in Armenia, and expressed the hope that the cooperation will be continued and the results—ta...