Shy Attitude: Armenia’s “inert” diplomacy criticized in wake of Karabakh escalation

Criticism has been leveled in Armenia at foreign policy decision-makers who are blamed for being unable to convert the results of military operations into diplomatic achievements. The main gripe concerns an excessively cautious attitude of Armenian diplomacy which does not take initiatives, while only feebly reacting to foreign-policy trends.

Postwar Diplomacy: Search for mechanisms to prevent new hostilities in Karabakh on

A serious shift has taken place in the Karabakh conflict settlement process after last week’s visit to Yerevan by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – proposals for a final settlement have been postponed, and now only measures to strengthen the ceasefire are being discussed.

For Secure EEU: Sargsyan raises Azerbaijani aggression issue at ex-Soviet grouping’s gathering

After participating in the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the European People’s Party in Luxembourg on May 30, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan the next day went to Astana, Kazakhstan, where a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) took place.

Analysis: Tense diplomatic brinkmanship on as guns fall silent in Karabakh

The last three days in the Karabakh conflict zone passed without news of new casualties as the sides exchanged the bodies of servicemen killed in the worst flare-up of violence on April 2-5.

April War Fallout: Karabakh factor brings readjustments in Armenia’s domestic politics

After the four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh in early April calls for bringing those responsible for the situation to justice have been voiced more vigorously in Armenia. The matter concerns not only the level of preparedness of the army, but also allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the country as a whole. More than nine dozen Armenian soldiers were killed in the April 2-5 clashes with Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and critics claim Armenians would have fewer casualties had proper armaments been purchased and deployed.

Analysis: U.S. seeks reassurances of non-acceptance of Kazan plan by Armenia, Azerbaijan

Last week was relatively quiet on the Nagorno Karabakh front as the military said there were fewer shots and less intensity of fire at the line of contact and along the restive Armenian-Azerbaijani border. At the same time, calls for peace talks after last month’s deadly fighting in Karabakh were made at the diplomatic front.

Karabakh Process: Mediators want Armenia, Azerbaijan to reinforce ceasefire in conflict zone

A possible meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan on Nagorno Karabakh with the participation of the foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and France has already been confirmed by Moscow. The other OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries have at least not denied such an opportunity.

Opinion: There is honor in bravery, but let it be supported with arms

When Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan praised the fighting spirit of Armenian soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh last weekend, he said that no one of them would flee the battlefield or retreat in the face of Azerbaijani aggression earlier this month, fighting “till the last bullet”.

Analysis: German bill on Armenian Genocide recognition seen as tool against Turkey

Germany’s Bundestag plans to consider passing a resolution on the Armenian Genocide on June 2. Experts speak about the likelihood of such a resolution being adopted, but note that this would depend on global agreements between Germany and Turkey.

Opinion: Post-war debate takes ‘lousy’ shape in Armenia

Public debate in Armenia centered around corruption and blunders in the political-administrative system and the military that purportedly led to heavy casualties in last month’s war against Azerbaijan has been gradually degrading into spiteful speculation rather than useful analysis.

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