The foreign ministers of Armenia and Russia discussed prospects of settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict at a meeting in Yerevan, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said during a press conference in the Armenian capital.
There is a certain activeness by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Armenian deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters after today’s Cabinet meeting.
“This isn’t the law which can be fought against by all means” – deputy defense minister urges protesting students to end hunger strike
Deputy defense minister of Armenia Artak Zakaryan reassures that the law on military service and status of servicemen isn’t aimed at hindering the development of science and education in the country.
Azerbaijan regularly makes attempts to ignore the ceasefire agreement and even question the validity of that agreement, Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian told the Israeli ITV24.
The Indian market’s opportunities are attractive for Armenian businessmen, President Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview to the Indian DD news.
Defense Army serviceman Hrant Mangasaryan, 1997, received fatal injury at the regiment deployed in the north-eastern direction of the contact line on November 4 at about 12:10 as a result of an anti-tank grenade explosion, two others received shrapnel injuries of different severity. Investigation is underway to find out details.
Armenia doesn’t see any obstacle for signing the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership agreement with the European Union on November 24, deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said during the discussion of the 2018 state budget draft in the Parliament, in response to the question of Tsarukyan faction secretary Vahe Enfiajyan.
The Azerbaijani military has opened gunfire in the northeastern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border.
The agreement which is due to be signed between Armenia and the EU in the end of November aims at deepening cooperation, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview with Russia’s BFM.
Russia will supply a batch of military armaments to Armenia in the upcoming days as part of an active contract, while the realization of the new 100 million dollar loan agreement will begin after confirmation on all intergovernmental levels, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in an interview to Russia’s RIA Novosti.
Under the 2018 state budget draft the Armenian government planned a fiscal policy that will determine a sustainable economic growth for upcoming years, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said during the discussion of the 2018 state budget draft at the joint session of parliamentary standing committees.
Now people know what the text of the agreement says; no room left for rumors. On the other hand, one could ask why only now… but I guess this has to do with technical issues and the agreement behind the agreement: that to be done among the EU institutions and its 28 member states.
Azerbaijan has pushed itself into a deadlock with perspectiveless steps. This relates not only to the NK talks, but also to the domestic and foreign policy – thus also closing the way out of this deadlock, Armenian deputy FM Shavarsh Kocharyan said after today’s Cabinet meeting.
“Impossible to pull trigger with one hand, negotiate with the other”, President Sargsyan on NK conflict
Armenia is following the serious military-political processes which are happening not far from its borders, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in his speech at the National Defense Research University’s session on October 24.
The defense ministry of the Artsakh Republic released a video of the launch of SPIKE anti-tank guided missile used by Azerbaijani forces on October 22 and the trace left by it.
On October 22 the Azerbaijani forces, violating the recent agreement reached between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in Geneva by the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group, fired artillery weapons at the north-eastern direction (Martakert-Mataghis) of the Artsakh-Azerbaijan line of contact, as well as fired 5 shells and SPIKE anti-tank guided missile at the Armenian positions, the defense ministry of the Artsakh Republic reported.
The practice of selling large-scale weapons to Azerbaijan is not right: it doesn’t contribute to strengthening Russia’s role in the South Caucasus, Andrey Areshev – expert at the Centre for the Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences, told a press conference.
On October 20, according to preliminary reports, Defense Army soldiers Aram S. Khachatryan (born in 1998) and Hrach A. Avetisyan (born in 1997) received fatal gunshot wounds as a result of violating the rules of arms use.
Tigran Khachatryan, 1998, received fatal injury on October 19, at about 15:50 in the north-eastern direction of the contact line as a result of Azerbaijani shooting.
The S-400 missile system will in any case not be used elsewhere they were intended to be. Emmanuel Dupuy
I do believe that what as been possible every where else around te planet can be possible in South Caucasus.
The opportunities to move forward the negotiation process over the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict were discussed. As a result of negotiations the Presidents agreed to take measures to intensify the negotiation process and take additional steps to reduce tension in the line of contact.
“Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting took place in constructive atmosphere” – Joint Statement of OSCE MG Co-Chairs and FMs
Foreign Ministers Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov also attended the meeting, which was organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America). The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk also participated in the summit.
“The talks are over, Aliyev left the residence of the Swiss permanent representative to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva”, Hakobyan said.
“We will continue to show principled stance on restoration of complete format of negotiation process. The fate of Artsakh cannot be determined without its direct participation in all rounds of the negotiation process. And here we together with Armenia will continue to take respective steps”, Bako Sahakyan said.
On the initiative of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries, on October 16 a meeting will be held between Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Geneva, Switzerland.
There is no positive trend in the negotiation process over the Nagorno Karabakh conflict which would allow to talk about progress, deputy foreign minister of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
Main goal is to maintain balance – CSTO Chief of Joint Staff comments on Russia’s arms sales to Azerbaijan
Anatoly Sidorov said Azerbaijan would seek another supplier of weapons if a CSTO member state doesn’t sell weapons to it.
A 19 year old soldier of the Armenian Armed Forces, identified as Private Chaplin Margaryan, was shot and killed by Azerbaijani gunfire on October 10 while on duty at a military position in the north-eastern direction of the country.
Not a week passes without another propagandist for Azerbaijan writing anti-Armenian disinformation against either Armenia or the Diaspora.
Serzh Sargsyan will remain one of the most prominent political figures of the country after April 2018 – RPA faction head
After the Constitutional reforms the parliamentary system of governance will come into force in Armenia starting from April of 2018.
“Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents are ready to reengage in negotiations” – OSCE MG Co- Chairs release statement
“Both Presidents confirmed their readiness to reengage in negotiations with the purpose of reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Information on the forthcoming summit will be released by the respective sides in the near future”, the Co-Chairs said in a statement.
He added that the functions of the contract have been fully realized. Zakaryan mentioned that by yearend Russia will complete the supply process of weapons to Armenia within the framework of the loan agreement.
“Did you calculate the damages if we were to leave the EEU? The gas price alone for Armenia’s industries dropped by more than 30 dollars. Armenia’s economic benefit from the gas price decrease alone is greater than it would be if we were to sign the free trade agreement with the EU. And this is stated by European experts”, he said.
The European Union will provide major assistance to economic entities and businesses”, he said, stating that one of the expected results in near future will be the initiative to provide loans with a local currency, which according to him, is especially important for small and medium businesses which do not have an experience of working with a foreign currency.
According to Asatryan, all steps and programs of the government are aimed for creation of jobs and improvement of the social-economic situation.
Russia’s arms supply to Armenia within the frames of 200 mln USD loan to be completed by the end of 2017
He added that at the moment they are in the most active stage of the arms delivery process to Armenia within the frames of that loan.
“We are able to ensure our security for 25 years regardless of the fact that Azerbaijan is a military threat to us and has oil dollars. The Armenian side can ensure its security with all methods, starting from military and non-military channels”, he said, adding that two countries – Azerbaijan and Turkey, are military threats to Armenia.
Former director of Armenia’s National Security Service Gorik Hakobyan has passed away at the age of 71 after a long illness.
The Defense Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh shares the grief of the loss and extends its condolences to the family, relatives and co-servicemen of the killed.