Sargsyan: Development of Armenian-Chinese relations among priorities

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan described consistent development of “centuries-old friendly relations between Armenia and China” as a top foreign policy priority for Armenia as he received a delegation led by First Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Zhang Gaoli on June 6.

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.

Bus Explosion: Prosecutor rules out terrorism

Armenia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office has rejected a terrorist act theory in last night’s bus explosion that left two people killed and seven injured in capital Yerevan.

CEC: Incumbent mayor wins in Hrazdan election

Hrazdan’s mayor Aram Danielyan representing the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has been reelected in a Sunday vote that opposition members and observers claim was held in condition of numerous violations.

Defense Ministry Spokesman: No mobilization in Armenia

A spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry has denied media reports about planned mobilization in the country in connection with the situation at the borders with Azerbaijan and in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Moot Point?: Proportional v Majoritarian debate goes on despite constitutional amendment

Armenia’s amended Constitution scraps the hitherto applied mixed system of electoral voting and parliamentary representation and replaces it with an all-proportional one, but debate over whether elements of the majoritarian system should be retained in the elections appears to continue in the country’s political circles.

Sargsyan, Medvedev discuss Karabakh, EEU’s Yerevan meeting

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday received Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who arrived in Armenia the previous night to attend a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EEU) Intergovernmental Council in Yerevan to be also attended by the heads of government of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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.

Economist: Armenia left out of another major regional project

Armenia is not taking any practical steps to become a more reliable economic partner for Iran, due to which it seems to be getting bypassed by another major regional project, says economist Vahagn Khachatryan.

Electoral Bill Debate: Oskanian, other opposition lawmakers critical of government-submitted draft

Armenia’s former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian, who is a harsh government critic today, delivered a tough speech at the National Assembly on Wednesday, saying that elections in Armenia have been rigged in the past two decades.

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