- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appointed senior foreign service officer Louis Bono as Washington’s new senior advisor for Caucasus negotiations and Minsk Group co-chair.
- A proposal from the CSTO, a Russian-led military alliance, to deploy a mission to the Armenia-Azerbaijan border is still on the table, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
- The Armenian government approved plans to introduce a new comprehensive health insurance system in the country.
Business Week Armenia: Russia considering ban on Armenian dairy products
In this week’s edition of CivilNet’s business digest: Russia’s food safety agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, said it is considering a ban on Armenian dairy products.* Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan set a goal of 7% economic growth this year – well above Central Bank forecasts. U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Kristina Kvien pledged to revive the largely defunct U.S.-Armenia Council on Trade and Investment. *After recording, Rosselkhoznadzor moved to ban dairy imports from Armenia, saying Friday it had formally asked Armenia to suspend mandatory safety certifications on all dairy products destined for Russia starting April 5.
Azerbaijan sets up posts 300 meters into Armenian territory, alarming
Armenia’s National Security Service reported yesterday that Azerbaijani forces had advanced 100-300 meters into Armenia’s sovereign territory near the village of Aravus in Armenia’s southernmost Syunik region. That came after agreements reached last August to change the route of the Lachin corridor, which connects Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. CivilNet’s Syunik team traveled to Aravus to speak to local residents about the situation.
Towards the Centennial of the Turkish Republic: A Panel Discussion
AUA College of Humanities and Social Sciences has organized a panel discussion entitled “Towards the Centennial of the Turkish Republic: Imperial Continuities and Ruptures.” 2023 marks the centennial of the establishment of the Turkish Republic, and it is also a year of general elections within the context of regional and international turmoil. The panel will look at socio-political and historical trends that have shaped and continue to shape modern Turkey. Speakers of the panel are:Dr. Cengiz Aktar, Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hrant Dink Visiting Fellow; Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, AUA Associate Professor; Dr. Varak Ketsemanian, AUA Adjunct Lecturer. […]
Azerbaijani forces again fire at Armenian farmers in Karabakh
Azerbaijani forces have blocked the Goris-Stepanakert highway, between the villages of Aghavno and Tegh, in the early hours of this morning. Nagorno-Karabakh’s Interior Ministry reported today that a new road between Tegh and Kornidzor, which bypasses the closed road, and then connects to the new Kornidzor-Hin Shen road, which started operating in August 2022, is ready for operations. Having said that, asphalting works continue on the Tegh-Kornidzor road. Credits: Ruptly
Aliyev – Pokerface or Bluff
In the latest episode of Insights with Eric Hacopian, Eric discusses news over the weekend that Azerbaijani forces had again advanced their positions in Artsakh. Eric also talks about Russia’s role in the latest developments and the ongoing war of words between Baku and Tehran.
EU works to de-escalate Armenia-Azerbaijan tensions
Andrea Wiktorin, the head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, sat down with CivilNet’s Emilio Cricchio to discuss the EU’s recently deployed civilian mission to the Armenian side of the border with Azerbaijan. Wiktorin explained the purpose of the mission, as well as some of the nuances around the mission’s deployment, including its ability to coexist with Russian entities in Armenia. Ambassador Wiktorin also talked about what Brussels is doing to de-escalate tensions between Yerevan and Baku.
Armenia is putting itself in an extremely dangerous position vis-a-vis
Op-ed by Karen Harutyunyan, Editor-in-Chief On March 24, Armenia’s Constitutional Court ruled that the Rome Statute complies with the country’s constitution. At the end of 2022, the Armenian government decided to restart the process of ratifying the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, citing Azerbaijan’s aggressive actions against Armenia, especially last September’s attack on Armenia’s borders. On March 17, days before the Armenian Constitutional Court’s decision, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of war crimes in Ukraine. If Armenia’s parliament ratifies the Rome Statute, then it would be obliged to arrest Putin […]
Armenia signs on to US democracy statement – with Ukraine
By Mark Dovich Armenia joined India and Mexico Wednesday to sign on to a U.S. pro-democracy declaration while making reservations over a paragraph condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine. In a press release, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s office said it had refused to endorse a paragraph “demand(ing) that Russia immediately, completely, and unconditionally withdraw” from Ukraine because it “does not reflect all conflicts and crises in (a) comprehensive and inclusive manner and fails to address the fact of Azerbaijan’s acts of aggression” against Armenia. Armenia’s reservation on the declaration, put forward after U.S. President Joe Biden’s signature Summit for Democracy […]