“Making this kind of loud statements after false accusations is the typical style of the Azerbaijani agitprop. The number one task of our army is ensuring the complete security of our people, and we are ready for this at any moment in any event, especially that the Armenian Army has not only professional soldiers, but also opportunities surpassing the adversary’s armaments and strategictechnical characteristics.”
Besime Konca, opposition lawmaker of Turkey’s HDP – People’s Democratic Party, who was once again detained, has been sentenced to 2 years and 6 months imprisonment, Diken news agency reported. The MP was sentenced on charges of ‘being a member of an armed group” and “propaganda for terrorist organization.”
13 military personnel, including one General were killed in a crash of a Cougartype military helicopter in Turkey’s southern province of Sirnak, Anadolu reports. The crash occurred after hitting a highvoltage power line three minutes after take off.
Georgian journalists demand explanation from government on kidnapping of Azerbaijani opposition reporter from Tbilisi
The protestors urged everyone who is concerned to join them, saying “ Join us and express your protest regarding the disappearance of our Azerbaijani colleague who has been living in Georgia for the past two years. Join us and express your support to him by demanding explanations from the Georgian government.”
Medical personnel say the death toll might rise, many of the wounded are in critical condition, including women and children. The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomb exploded at 08:30 local time on May 31 in the Vazir Akbar Khan district, near the German embassy.
“Afghan called and said that he is in the central department of the state border guard service. I am currently on my way there,” the reporter’s attorney told Turan news agency, branding the kidnapping and secret transportation of his client as violation of international norms.
Reports say the buildings of IRNA – Iran’s state news agency, and Iran’s radio and TV have been damaged. According to latest data, the death toll reached 90, with more than 350 people wounded. Preliminary reports of Afghan authorities state a truck bomb was used in the attack.
“Azerbaijan runs cunning policy, it always deploys various divisions, artillery near the settlements firing shots towards our posts. The Armenian side never targets any civilian object.”
“I consider it’s difficult to do anything here. I wouldn’t overestimate the statement by OSCE MG on Azerbaijani activities, as months ago a statement was addressed to Armenia, when they called on the sides to solve the issue of returning bodies of Azerbaijanis.”
“The Co-Chairs will arrive in Armenia, Yerevan in 10 days. They also want to visit Stepanakert. I can’t say whether Azerbaijan will be ready to receive the CoChairs, but the Co-Chairs will be in the region, in Yerevan and Stepanakert, in 10 days,” Nalbandian said.
In general, the media mostly covered ‘yes’ campaign. The report also referred to the Turkish Supreme Election Commission’s decision which declared the unsealed votes as valid while counting the ballots, calling it as illegal.
Commenting on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement where she said they will try for the last time to reach agreement with Turkey, and then will make a decision to stay in or leave Incirlik, Cavusoglu said, “Germany has negative stances on Turkey, and we voice about this very often. We see how Germany supports everything which is against Turkey.”
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.
50 people, including Fethullah Gülen and the former prosecutor Zakarya Oz, are charged with being involved in the murder of the IstanbulArmenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was shot dead outside the Agos office in 2007.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili says Georgia has all practical tools to prepare for NATO membership, RIA Novosti reported. Georgia for the first time hosts the spring sitting of NATO Parliamentary Assembly which is being held from May 26 to 29. This is the fifth case in NATO’s history when the Assembly holds its session in non-member state of the alliance.
“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.”
“We got a 12-month calendar from them about the studies they made. We will make a study on this calendar with the Foreign Ministry and the EU Ministry,” the president said.
“Archbishop Aram Ateshian has announced about his readiness to give the lead of the Patriarchate to Garegin Bekchyan. On March 15, when the results of the election of the locum tenens were known, we expected that Ateshian would do that, but he stated that the State does not recognize the election of the locum tenens, remaining on the post,” he said.
New York Times reveals Turkish president’s security detail’s involvement in Washington demonstration attack
While sitting in the car, Mr. Erdogan conferred with Muhsin Kose, his head of security, who leaned into the car’s rear door. After speaking with Mr. Erdogan, Mr. Kose talked into his earpiece, and three security personnel who were guarding the president’s car hurried toward the protest.
In addition, the Resolution noted that the Washington Metropolitan Police Department and other reports conrm that “the demonstrators did not instigate the violence,” and that this is the third instance of violence perpetrated in the U.S. by members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail.
“I will make it very clear to the Turkish president during our talks that it is indispensable for our soldiers to be able to be visited by members of the German Bundestag, as ours is a parliamentary military,” Merkel said as quoted by Deustche Welle.
“We are systematically beefing up our defense capabilities. I can say that over the past few years, the IRGC has built a third missile plant,” Hajiaadeh said in the city of Dezful, which had been the scene of violent clashes during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988, TASS reports.
From the opposite side of the Line of Contact, the monitoring was conducted by Field Assistant to the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Ofce Ghenadie Petrica (Moldova) and staff member of the Ofce of the OSCE CiO Personal Representative Martin Schuster (Germany).
Senior Islamic State militants including the group’s “minister of war” have been killed in Syrian army operations to the east of Aleppo, Syrian state media cited a military source as saying on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
“There are excellent opportunities for economic cooperation between the two states. I hope in the future we will witness growth in trade turnover and the two peoples will feel the great achievements in those spheres,” Mahmoud Hojjati said.
“Through provocative actions Azerbaijan intends to disorientate the international community and direct the arrow toward Armenia”
“Through such provocative activities they intend to disorientate the international community and direct the arrow toward Armenia. It’s already a new strategy and shelling their own borders, territories under their control and filming they haven’t thought that we and international organizations have the opportunity to film.”
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t participate in the luncheon on the sidelines of the BSEC 25th anniversary summit. The luncheon was served in honor of the heads of states participating in the summit, in the Dolmabahce palace in Isanbul.
“You know our country and Iran negotiate around trilateral Armenia-Iran-Turkmenistan gas agreement, we again negotiate with Georgia and here some progress has been recorded. These formats allow increasing Armenia’s role in the whole region.”
The Iraqi authorities made a decision to stop import of tomatoes from Turkey starting from May 21, Hurriyet reports. Iraq’s agriculture ministry said in a statement that they want to assist the local producers by making this decision.
Islamic State militants, who have been cooperating with an Azerbaijani national, plotted a terror attack at the extraordinary congress of Turkey’s ruling party, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected chairman of the AK party, Hurriyet reported citing Ankara’s Governor Ercan Topaca.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been re-elected as chairman of the ruling AK party (Justice and Development) on May 21 during an extraordinary congress. 1414 votes were cast in his favor, Turkish media reported.
“The authorities try to either subsidize the small business or provide interestfree loans to entrepreneurs. As a result, more than 15.000 small enterprises are currently working in the Governorate”, Fares al-Shehabi said, adding tax holiday was given to entrepreneurs for the period of time that their businesses remained closed during militant occupation.
Georgia and Turkey are strategic partners. According to official statistics, Turkey tops Georgia’s list of trading partners. The trade turnover between the two countries comprised more than 452 million USD in rst quarter of 2017.
“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.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has secured the necessary majority in Friday’s election, defeating his conservative rival, Ebrahim Raisi, according to the country’s Interior Minister, RT reports.
“It’s over, Rouhani is the winner,” the source said on condition of anonymity. Rouhani won 21.6 million votes in Friday’s hard-fought contest, compared to 14 million for Raisi, with 37 million votes counted, the source said, adding about four million more votes were still to be tallied.
“The actions of the Turkish security guards are outrageous, and I condemn them. They violate both American law and deeply-held American values. The Turkish security guards must be held accountable.
If there were Jews instead of Armenians, just a week later serious sanctions would be imposed against Turkey: Areg Galstyan
“And Congress is for protection of interests of US citizens. Accordingly, raise the issue with your Congressman, take steps so that clear statements are made, that respective decision condemning those steps was adopted. If there were Jews or Irish instead of Armenians, I’m sure, a week later serious sanctions would have been imposed.”
Footage shows Erdogan personally order security detail to attack protesters, calmly watch afterwards
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally ordered his security detail to attack the peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington DC. As seen in the footage, Erdogan watched how the protesting crowd was being heavily battered. Erdogan has been caught on tape by Voice of America, watching the incident.