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Minsk Group Co-Chairs clearly know the aggressor party, says Sargsyan

Minsk Group Co-Chairs clearly know the aggressor party, says Sargsyan

The Minsk Group Co-Chairs have no doubt, they clearly know which side is the aggressor and escalator, and ceasefire violator, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan said during an interview with Armenia TV, commenting on observations what the Minsk Group and/or the international community are putting the equal sign. The president doesn’t share this view.

President Sargsyan sees opportunities for significance investment increase

President Sargsyan sees opportunities for significance investment increase

The president also commented on the figures which were promised by the previous governments, which performed partially. He commented about the opinions that during the parliamentary elections the ruling party didn’t perform its promises fully, and neither has the president during the presidential election – namely regarding the minimum wage, economic growth figures.

It’s impossible to reach any agreement or make decision without participation of Artsakh side, says Armenian FM

It’s impossible to reach any agreement or make decision without participation of Artsakh side, says Armenian FM

“One day all these documents will be released and you will see that it is mentioned in all of them that the representatives of Nagorno Karabakh must take part in the development of peace agreement and negotiations. This has been agreed by the three Co-Chairing countries. It is impossible to reach any agreement or make a decision without the Artsakh side”, Nalbandian said.

Armenia never terrorizes passenger airplanes, in contrast to Azerbaijan – Artsakh President’s spokesperson comments on alleged airspace violation by Istanbul-Baku plane

Armenia never terrorizes passenger airplanes, in contrast to Azerbaijan – Artsakh President’s spokesperson comments on alleged airspace violation by Istanbul-Baku plane

To the remark that Azerbaijan calls on the airlines of other countries to bypass the airspace of Artsakh for security reasons, Davit Babayan stressed that those are false and fabricated calls.”If a Turkish airplane really flew over the airspace of Artsakh, this documents that the mentioned calls are false. They are used to saying something, but doing something else. If it’s dangerous to fly over Artsakh, why do they fly over Artsakh themselves?” Artsakh President’s spokesperson said.

Taron jan, you have no right to disappoint us: Serzh Sargsyan

Taron jan, you have no right to disappoint us: Serzh Sargsyan

President Serzh Sargsyan attended today the solemn ceremony of inauguration of newly elected Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan, which was held during the special meeting of the Council of Elders of Yerevan. The President congratulated Taron Margaryan and the members of the newly elected Council of Elders on assuming responsibility for the governance of the capital city.

There is no capital outflow from Armenia: Suren Karayan

There is no capital outflow from Armenia: Suren Karayan

According to him the inflow of foreign direct investments is positive and AMD 19.7 billion direct investments were recorded in the first quarter of 2017. According to the Minister numerous investments and reinvestments were made by local investors as well.

Artsakh Defense Ministry denies Azerbaijani announcement

Artsakh Defense Ministry denies Azerbaijani announcement

Moreover, no serious ceasefire violation cases have been recorded today, while the dissemination of such information is addressed to solely Azerbaijani audience. The Defense Army of Artsakh continues to keep full control of the front line and has suffered no casualties.

Export brackets open up little by little

Export brackets open up little by little

Promises given in the action plan of the government, then in RPA pre-election program, as formerly stated, mostly didn’t contain target. Only several promises contained concreteness among which was reaching export volume to 40-45% of GDP.

Nalbandian’s reply to Aliyev

Nalbandian’s reply to Aliyev

Armenia has always supported meeting with Azerbaijan on the level of both Foreign Ministers and presidents, and if the situation matures, works will be carried out to organize and it’ll be possible to launch a meeting. Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian told at the joint press conference with Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General.

“OSCE should not be instrumentalized in the conflict between Yerevan and Baku”

“OSCE should not be instrumentalized in the conflict between Yerevan and Baku”

“I should start by reminding that the observatory mechanism on the contact line is not completely shut down. It’s still in effect, the common objective that the two parties (Yerevan and Baku) accept common procedures of planned monitoring and observation of the Line of Contact. Baku proposed to use a surveillance aerostat, on the area to be observed (west of Seysulan and Martakert district).”

The status-quo is no longer maintainable: Piotr Switalski

The status-quo is no longer maintainable: Piotr Switalski

“We greatly support the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and their latest statement. We believe that there is no military solution for this conflict, and that the status-quo is no longer maintainable. We believe that the ceasefire agreement should be respected, we believe there is no military solution to this conflict and we believe that investigative mechanisms, also confidence building mechanisms should be implemented.”

Georgian visitors “against” tourists arriving in Armenia

Georgian visitors “against” tourists arriving in Armenia

And in case of Georgia WB has taken the number of visitors. To be clear how these figures differ, exact data should be brought. In 2016 total 2.9 million visits to Armenia have been recorded (source: volumes of RA border crossing per RA border checkpoint), from which 1.26 million comprised tourist visits. In 2016 Georgia recorded 6.3 million visits, from which tourist visits comprised 2.7 million.

Soldier killed in Artsakh

Soldier killed in Artsakh

The soldier was stationed in a military base in the northern direction. The defense ministry of Artsakh told that an investigation is underway to determine details of the shooting. The defense ministry extended its condolences to the family of the fallen soldier.

“There will be no parliamentary pluralism”

“There will be no parliamentary pluralism”

“Here parliament’s role should be strengthened by another context, which is called establishment of trust atmosphere, e.g. if our parliament members could meet members of Azerbaijani parliament, discuss some issues and etc. However, the parliament can’t assume the role of an executive body. As the PM is a person elected by the majority, he should hold negotiations a year later, if they exist.”

Why did economic activity slow down?

Why did economic activity slow down?

Armenia’s economic activity index (EAI) in January-April 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year comprised 105.7%. Note, in January-March EAI rate was higher—6.6%.

Armenian pavilion launched at 70th Cannes Film Market

Armenian pavilion launched at 70th Cannes Film Market

This year, in the period of 70th Festival de Cannes—May 18-26, for the first time Armenia will be represented in the Film Market in the sector Village International/Pantiero under the number 226 through the pavilion of the Republic of Armenia, where these days “Aurora’s sunrise” of Bars Media, Sergo Ustyan’s “Exchange” and Artur Sukiasyan’s “The Wounded City” are trying their chances to succeed.

What did Serzh Sargsyan hint?

What did Serzh Sargsyan hint?

He singled out a few of them. “In his speech at the National Assembly president Serzh Sarsgyan said that by saying concession we understand realization of the right of Artsakhi people to self-determination, and basically, new assessment is provided to the concept mutual concession.

Azerbaijan has bored everyone: David Babayan

Azerbaijan has bored everyone: David Babayan

“There are two main streams contributing to peace and stability in the region: Armed Forces of Artsakh and Armenia, their combat readiness, this is one of the most important factors. The other crucial factor is consolidated opinion of the international community, that war is impermissible. In particular, they more seriously refer to these issues after April 2016.”

Azerbaijan plays with fire: David Babayan

Azerbaijan plays with fire: David Babayan

“Unfortunately, we recorded a casualty—this is irreversible loss, like any of them. Azerbaijan simply is playing with the fire. Such behavior, manifestation of such impudent, irreverent attitude towards the international community, I consider shouldn’t remain with no reply. Soon it may be anticipated that in case of continuity of such behavior tougher and more painful steps will be taken toward Azerbaijan: we hope it’ll be so,” Davit Babayan said.

People of Artsakh only lack peace: Vladimir Yevseev

People of Artsakh only lack peace: Vladimir Yevseev

“It is difficult to build statehood in the conditions of the armed conflict, which, unfortunately, is being escalated. I visited Nagorno Karabakh in August, 2014, the period when the situation was tense. I have visited there also during the constitutional referendum this year, and we were together in the place when the residents of Talish were resettled.

Soldier gunned down by Azerbaijani troops

Soldier gunned down by Azerbaijani troops

The defense ministry of Artsakh told a 21 year old soldier of the country’s Defense Army, identified as Karen Danielyan, has been shot dead in the early morning of May 20 by Azerbaijani forces.

Azerbaijani forces shell their own positions: Defense Army of Artsakh

Azerbaijani forces shell their own positions: Defense Army of Artsakh

The video recording devices installed on the front line have detected that the Azerbaijani side opened fire on its own positions from 60 mm mortars by preliminary information in the SeysulanYarmja section of the contact line at about 12:15-12:19 and 13:32-13:36, as a result of which explosions took place in the mentioned area.