Putin slashes gas price to Armenia amid anti-Russian protests
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Monday slashed gas prices for Armenia during a visit to the Caucasus nation as police detained over 100 people protesting the Armenian government's decision to sign up to a Moscow-led customs union. Putin announced he would axe duties on natural resources heading to Armenia and pledged to sell arms to the ex-Soviet state at a reduced rate as Armenia readies to join the Kremlin's custom union.
"Russia will do everything it can to help Armenia complete all the procedures for joining the customs union," Putin said.
Putin said that "the price (for gas) will be set at 189 dollars (per 1000 cubic metres)," far below the price Russia offers to other buyers. 03.12.13 More
Russian president’s visit to Armenia kicks off
Russian President Vladimir Putin is arriving in Armenia for a state visit on December 2, at the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
The Armenian and Russian leaders will hold a private meeting and participate in a number of events in Yerevan and Gyumri, with special emphasis placed on the 3rd Armenian-Russian interregional conference ‘Russia, Armenia, Customs Union.’
The Russian president is scheduled to participate in the conference and visit Russian Military Base 102 in Gyumri. Nine round-table discussions on specific topics will end Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Armenia on December 3. 02.12.13 More
Russian president to pay state visit to Armenia on December 2
Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to the Republic of Armenia on December 2 at the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. During the visit, Vladimir Putin will have a meeting with Serzh Sargsyan, the presidential press service said.
Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin will attend a number of events in the city of Gyumri and the capital of Yerevan, including an Armenian-Russian inter-regional forum. They will also visit the Russian 102nd military base in Gyumri. 27.11.13 More
OSCE encourages police reform at high-level conference in Yerevan
Police reforms, police accountability and transparency, education and trust are among the topics of discussion at an OSCE-supported international conference starting today in Yerevan.
The two-day event is jointly organized by the OSCE Office in Yerevan, the OSCE Transnational Threats Department, and the Armenian Police, in partnership with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. The event provides a platform for participants to learn from the experience of other countries, to discuss their achievements and challenges faced during the reform process, as well as to exchange ideas for further improvements in the field of policing. 26.11.13 More
United States-Armenia Task Force scheduled for Friday
The United States Embassy inYerevan announces that the 2013 U.S.-Armenia Task Force (USATF) will take place Friday in Washington, DC.
The United States Government will be represented by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Eric Rubin, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator Paige Alexander, and Coordinator for Assistance for Europe Daniel Rosenblum. The United States’ Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, John A. Heffern, and USAID Armenia Mission Director Karen Hilliard will also attend. 22.11.13 More
Russia plans air defense boost with Armenia
Russia is planning to strengthen its integrated regional air defense network with Belarus and set up similar joint networks with Armenia and Kazakhstan, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
“Such cooperation greatly enhances the defense potential of Russia and its partners, and contributes to strengthening peace and stability in Eurasia,” Putin said at a meeting with senior commanding officers in Moscow.
Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement on the joint protection of the Russia-Belarus Union State’s airspace and the creation of an integrated regional air defense network in February 2009. The network reportedly comprises five Air Force units, 10 air defense units, five technical service and support units, and one electronic warfare unit. It is part of the integrated air defense network of the Commonwealth of Independent States. 20.11.13 More
Armenian Defense Minister visits Greece
The delegation headed by Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has left for Greece for a two-day working visit at the invitation of the Minister of National Defense of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos.
Within the framework of the visit Seyran Ohanyan will have meetings with the Greek Minister of National Defense of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
The parties are expected to discuss the Armenian-Greek defense cooperation, and issues related to regional and international security. 19.11.13
Armenian Security Council chief meets with Swiss president
Armenia’s National Security Council (NSC) Secretary Arthur Baghdasaryan, who is in Switzerland on a working visit, on Friday met with Swiss President Ueli Maurer, who is also Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports.
The interlocutors discussed bilateral relations, Armenia’s interaction with the EU, regional security, Armenian-Turkish relations, and the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. 15.11.13 More
Presidents of Armenia, NKR attend military drills in Artsakh
President Serzh Sargsyan, who is in Artsakh in the framework of the program of cooperation between the two Armenian Republics, accompanied by the President of NKR Bako Sahakyan, RA Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan, Commander of the NKR Army of Defense, Lieutenant General Movses Hakobyan and the officers of the Army visited a number of military regiments dislocated in the northern part of the NKR and the defense lines under the control of the military units, President’s Press Office reported. 13.11.13 More
Armenian President participated in the session of the Nuclear Energy Safety Council
Today, at the Government’s House of Receptions, President Serzh Sargsyan met with the Chairman of the RA Presidential Nuclear Energy Safety Council Adolf Birkhofer, who has arrived in Armenia to participate in the regular session of the Nuclear Energy Safety Council (NESC).
The President of Armenia and Chairman of NESC spoke about planned works aimed at the enhancement of the security level of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP) and the current state of the Plant. With this regard, the parties stated that the ANPP has the necessary projected level of aseismic stability. Serzh Sargsyan and Adolf Birkhofer spoke also about the issues related to the future operations of the ANPP and construction of a new energy unit, cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including the results of the OSART mission. 06.11.13 More
Armenia, Artsakh to be represented at World Travel Market 2013 in London
The National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, along with 10 Armenian travel agencies, will represent Armenia at World Travel Market annual exhibition, which will take place in London, UK from November 4-7.
Armenia and Artsakh will share a joint booth. This year, an estimated number of 5,000 travel agencies from around 184 countries and more than 47,000 global travel professionals are expected to take part in the exhibition. 04.11.13 More
Armenian MPs to meet with Iranian Majlis Speaker in Tehran
A 3-member delegation of the Armenian National Assembly will travel to Tehran on November 2, Iranian Parliament Speaker's top adviser for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam told Tasnim news agency in an interview.
During the visit, the Armenian delegation will meet with Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee as well as Chairman of the Iran-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
On August 5, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic will seek to expand relations with Armenia. 31.10.13 More
Political analyst: Armenia’s accession to Customs Union questionable
Armenia’s accession to the Russia-led Customs Union is questionable in near future, in view of some serious procedure-related issues, the Caucasus Institute director said.
“I doubt about Armenia’s joining the CU any time soon, or at all, for that matter. I’m not even sure if the CU will exist in 5 years,” Alexander Iskandaryan told a news conference in Yerevan.
As the political analyst noted, the CU is a project which took a long time to develop, as well as “tons of documents,” which renders Armenia’s joining the Union impossible in near future. 30.10.13 More
Armenia among least-corrupted CIS states
Perceived levels of corruption in Armenia are among the lowest in CIS states, according to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
Published by the global organization Transparency International (TI), it ranks Armenia 94th out of 177 countries, while Moldavia is ranked 102nd. According to RIA Novosti, Russia ranked 127th, showing little change since last year.
Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, which compiles surveys and other public assessments of graft to rank how corrupt a country is perceived to be, allowed users to compare year-on-year results for the first time this year. 03.12.13 More
Iraq’s Foreign Minister to visit Armenia
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari will visit Armenia December 2-3 at the invitation of Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Within the framework of the visit, Hoshyar Zebari will have meetings with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Speaker of the National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Territorial Administration Armen Gevorgyan. 02.12.13 More
Larry King accepts invitation to visit Karabakh
Famous American television and radio host Larry King has accepted the invitation of Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan to visit Nagorno-Karabakh, reports Armenpress, quoting Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.
The news agency says King attended last night’s pan-Armenian telethon in Los Angeles which raised money for the construction of a highway linking Armenia and Karabakh. 29.11.13 More
U.S. firm to invest $180 million in Armenia’s Voroton hydro-electric plant
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) today welcomed the realignment of the U.S.-Armenia economic dialogue away from primarily ‘donor-recipient’-based discussions and toward a focus on practical steps to promote a robust bilateral trade and investment partnership.
At a State Department press conference, held this evening at the end of a day-long meeting in Washington, DC of the U.S.-Armenia Task Force, the U.S. and Armenian government’s welcomed the formal announcement of a $180 million investment by the U.S. firm Contour Global in Armenia’s Voroton hydro-electric plant, the implementation of a new visa relaxation regime for business travelers, the selection of Armenia as one of 20 countries in USAID’s Science Technology Innovation Program (STIP) in the areas of energy independence and water management, Armenia’s edibility for a second Millennium Challenge Corporation grant, and, more broadly, an overall shift – long advocated by the ANCA – away from primarily aid-based discussions toward a trade and investment focused bilateral economic dialogue. The Voroton investment represents the single largest U.S. investment in the history of the U.S.-Armenia bilateral relationship. 25.11.13 More
Armenia, Austria have great potential for cooperation
There is great potential for Armenia-Austria cooperation in a number of fields, Armenia’s and Austria’s presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Heinz Fischer said at their meeting Tuesday.
In particular, the countries have potential for cooperation in trade, industry, culture and education. Bilateral visits, business forums and establishing contacts between businessmen are of key importance to ensure the existing potential is fully used, Sargsyan and Fischer said.
The sides also stressed the importance of efforts by Armenian-Austrian intergovernmental commission. Sargsyan said Fischer’s last year visit to Armenia gave a good impetus to development of friendly ties between the countries. 20.11.13 More
Armenian President, U.S. Secretary of State have phone conversation
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the evening of November 18, the presidential press service reported.
The conversation was requested by the American side.
The two discussed issues related to Armenian-American bilateral relations and cooperation as well as issues regarding the meeting of Armenian and Azeri Presidents on November 19 in Vienna, which will be held with the participation of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. 19.11.13 More
Armenian Judicial Department’s former head arrested
Misak Martirosian, former head of Judicial Department of the Republic of Armenia state institution, has been arrested.
ccording to reliable information of PastInfo news agency, the court granted the instigator’s petition to place Martirosian under two months’ arrest as a measure of restraint against him.
He is charged with taking a bribe of a particularly large amount and is also investigated in connection with the case of wage misappropriation in the system.
As PastInfo reported earlier, in September 2013 the Judicial Department’s head Misak Martirosian was charged with accepting a bribe of a particularly large amount. The head of the Judicial Department’s personnel division Angin Isakhanian acted as a mediator. She was dismissed from her job in July 2013. Recognizance not to leave was chosen as a measure of restraint against Misak Martirosian in this connection. Let us remind you that on September 26 the investigator took a decision to suspend Martirosian’s powers. At the September 27 sitting, the Council of Court Chairmen of Armenia decided to relieve Misak Martirosian of his position. 18.11.13 More
Armenia transfers CoE Committee of Ministers Chairmanship to Austria
The Committee of Ministers chairmanship transferred today from Armenia to Austria during the 1184th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies.
Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, presented the stocktaking of the Armenian Chairmanship. Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Spindelegger, presented his country’s priorities for the coming six months.
On 16 May, the Republic of Armenia assumed its first Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe since Armenia’s accession to the Council of Europe in January 2001. It was an important task, opportunity, challenge and responsibility for the country. 14.11.13 More
Armenia ranked 4th in Global Militarization Index 2013
Global Militarization Index 2013 has been issued, showing that the Middle East continues to be the most highly militarized region in the world, BICC reported.
Experts of BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) point out that Asia, too, is demonstrating a particularly strong trend towards regional rearmament.
With Israel, Syria, Jordan and Kuwait, four countries in the Middle East are in the Top 10 of the GMI. This reflects the high level of militarization in this region, which is so rich in conflicts. Furthermore, all the other states in the region, with the exception of Qatar, are listed among the GMI’s Top 40. “This high level of militarization, together with general rearmament projects involving arms imports from all over the world, is contributing to a further destabilization of the area and can lead to the use of violent means to resolve internal as well as external conflicts, as in Syria”, Jan Grebe, researcher at BICC, comments the results of the GMI. 07.11.13 More
Armenia marks Day of Intelligence Troops
The first intelligence unit was created in Armenia on November 5, 1992. Later, November 5 was declared the Day of Intelligence Troops. Armenia’s intelligence troops marked their 20th anniversary in November 2012.
The tasks of intelligence troops include obtaining information about the adversary and revealing enemy groups, destruction or crippling the significant facilities of the enemy, etc. 05.11.13 More
If Karabakh conflict resumes,102nd Russian base may intervene - Commander
In case Azerbaijani leadership decides to restore jurisdiction over Nagorno-Karabakh by force, the Russian #102 base in Armenia may enter confrontation in accordance with treaty obligations of Russia within CSTO, Russian commander said.
In an exclusive interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, commander of the military base, Colonel Andrey Ruzinsky confirmed presence of Smerch multiple rocket launcher in the territory of Armenia. 31.10.13 More
“ArmNet 2013” launched in Yerevan
“ArmNet 2013” series of IT events will be held in Yerevan, in parallel with the Pan-Armenian web-contest “ArmNet Awards 2013.” “ArmNet 2013” will be jointly organized by Maeutica Branding Agency, Orange Armenia and The Internet Society (ISOC).
“ArmNet 2013” is designed to evaluate the achievements of the Armenian Internet sector and contribute to its further development.
“ArmNet 2013” presents a series of three events aimed at the development of information technologies and especially mobile technologies in Armenia. 30.10.13 More
Serzh Sargsyan receives Greek National Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos
President Serzh Sargsyan received today a delegation headed by the Minister of National Defense of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos, which has arrived in Armenia on official visit.
The parties stressed the importance of the friendly Armenian-Greek relations, which have strong historical and cultural roots, and hailed bilateral cooperation in the political, defense, military, educational and cultural areas.
The President of Armenia and Minister of National Defense of Greece highlighted the significance of the similar approaches of the two countries on different issues of the international agenda and cooperation of the two countries in the framework of international organizations. 29.10.13 More