- Russian border guards have been deployed to a strategic section of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border in the Tavush region.
- Artsakh’s President Arayik Harutyunyan holds talks with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan and Armenia’s first President Levon Ter-Petrossian.
- After a parliamentary deadlock, opposition deputy Iskhan Saghatelyan is elected as the deputy speaker of parliament.
Azerbaijan resorts to hostage-taking amid ‘peace talks’ with Armenia
In the latest episodes of Insights with Eric Hacopian, Eric discusses Azerbaijan’s apparent abduction of two Armenian soldiers from Armenian territory last week and the fallout from the latest round of Armenia-Azerbaijan peace talks in Moscow.
Armenians accused of selling babies still work in hospitals and
This investigation was conducted by openDemocracy.net and irpiMedia Revealed: Members of alleged illegal adoption gang that sold babies to Italy keep high-profile jobs despite charges By Tatev Hovhannisyan and Carlotta Indiano The alleged ringleader of an illegal network that is accused of selling Armenian children to Italian couples is still working in adoption while on trial, a year-long investigation has discovered. A joint probe by openDemocracy and Italian investigative website IrpiMedia has found that Anush Garsantsyan is seemingly still involved in arranging adoptions. And many of her 10 co-defendants – including Armenia’s top obstetrician, a key government official responsible for […]
European court requests information from Azerbaijan on detained Armenian soldiers
The European Court of Human Rights requested that Azerbaijan provide information on the condition of two Armenian soldiers apparently abducted late last week. Armenia called on the United States to “adequately respond” to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s remarks over the weekend threatening renewed military action.
Wine Days in Armenia
Mary Badalyan, cofounder and executive director of Yerevan Wine Days, sat down with CivilNet’s Mark Dovich to talk about how she helped start one of Armenia’s most anticipated annual street festivals. They also discussed the importance of promoting Armenia as a tourist destination, supporting the country’s booming wine industry, and encouraging women entrepreneurs. Yerevan Wine Days will be held June 2-4.
‘Refrain from maximalist positions,’ Michel urges ahead of Moldova talks
European Council President Charles Michel called on Armenia and Azerbaijan “to refrain from maximalist positions and aim for dialogue” as the two countries’ leaders prepare to meet for a fresh round of talks in Moldova. A senior Armenian official said he expects it to take 2-3 years to restore Armenia’s rail connection with Azerbaijan ahead of infrastructure talks in Russia. Armenian Economy Minister Vahan Kerobyan announced plans to appoint trade representatives to China, Germany, and the United States.
Armenia appeals to European court over soldiers’ apparent abduction
Armenia has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over Azerbaijan’s apparent abduction last week of two Armenian soldiers from Armenian territory. Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed plans to open a consulate in Armenia’s southernmost Syunik region, days after CivilNet first broke the news. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan rejected Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s insistence over the weekend that the two countries’ borders be set on Baku’s terms. Pashinyan said he is “looking forward to continuing working together” with newly reelected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Credits: Ruptly
AND IN OTHER NEWS: Erdoğan wins in Turkey
Prior to the first round of the Turkish election on May 14, a lot of talk was dedicated to whether Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or Kemalist party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu would be better for Armenians (the consensus being neither). Erdoğan’s officials played populist by antagonizing or insulting Armenians in various ways during the campaign. Most notably, they closed Turkish airspace to Armenian planes as an expression of outrage over a new monument, in Armenia, dedicated to the memory of those who targeted for assassination those Turkish leaders who planned and carried out the Armenian Genocide. Monuments and streets named for those […]
Baku will have to overcome several obstacles before it can
The article was published in the World Energy Weekly (May 29 issue), a publication of a French think-tank specializing in energy issues. If Azerbaijan is to double its exports to the European Union, it will have to successfully develop the required internal resources, solve a few external difficulties and secure imports of balancing volumes of gas. These are the conclusions of Gulmira Rzayeva, a former researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies in Baku (Azerbaijan’s leading government think-tank), who has close ties to the Azerbaijani government and is currently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy […]