“Citizens Concerned…”: Pro-Europe activists in Armenia demand end to ties with Russia

A new initiative in Armenia called “Citizens Concerned with Disasters Threatening Armenia” is collecting signatures for a petition demanding that the authorities of Armenia give up cooperation with Russia and deepen their ties with European institutions.

Co-Rapporteurs’ Visit: PACE officials address Karabakh escalation on Armenia trip

This week, Alan Meale and Giuseppe Galati, co-rapporteurs on Armenia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Committee, during their visit to the country, met the President, Prime Minister and a number of senior officials to discuss Armenia’s democratic and legislative development processes, as well as issues linked with the April four-day war in Nagorno Karabakh.

Analyst: Turkish media propagated Ankara’s support for Azerbaijan during hostilities in Karabakh

The latest four-day Karabakh-Azerbaijan war also got its reflection in the Turkish press, once again prompting the rise of anti-Armenian sentiments in Turkey. Turkey’s leadership through pro-government media sought to express Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan.

Experts: Armenian Army dismissals address errors during April war in Karabakh

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s decrees dismissing three senior officials of the Ministry of Defense in the wake of the fiercest battles in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1994 have mainly been hailed by the public and expert community of the country.

Speaking Diplomatically: Armenia rebukes Kazakhstan over EEU meeting postponement

Armenia implied it was pretty much concerned over Kazakhstan’s insufficient level of commitment as an ally in post-Soviet groupings as Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with his Kazakh counterpart’s deputy in Yerevan on Monday.

Looking For Consensus: Government, opposition still divided over electoral bill

Armenian parliamentary forces continued to discuss the draft electoral code that was passed in the first reading late last month amid claims by the opposition about lack of consensus. Representatives of the authorities, meanwhile, assured the opposition that discussions could also proceed between the second and third reading votes based on opposition proposals to achieve consensus.

Good News: Killed Armenian serviceman’s wife gives birth to baby girl

The young widow of Hrach Galstyan, a 25-year-old senior lieutenant of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army who was killed in action a month ago, gave birth to a baby girl in her native city of Gyumri on Friday morning.

Analyst: No interest for Russia in all-out war in Karabakh

A full-blown war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not in the interest of Russia, which is preparing for another war, according to a Yerevan-based political analyst.
Sergey Shakaryants believes that Russia as well as another major regional player, Iran, are now more preoccupied with preparations for a likely war with Turkey.

UN chief supports Minsk Group for Karabakh settlement

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, expressing his full support to the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group as he had a phone conversation with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Saturday.

Babayan’s Back: Former Karabakh strongman returns to Armenia after four-day war

Nagorno Karabakh’s former powerful defense minister Samvel Babayan has returned to Armenia after spending several years abroad in de-facto political “exile” as a figure who had fallen out of favor with Armenia’s ruling elite.

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