- An unnamed source in Russia’s Foreign Ministry told the Russian state-run news agency TASS that Moscow has warned Yerevan of “extremely severe” consequences if Armenia becomes a member of the International Criminal Court.
- The authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh have responded to Azerbaijan’s proposal for “reintegration talks.”
- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried expressed concern over Azerbaijan’s recent military advances in Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone conversation with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
Leading Armenian mobile network operator takes stake in Georgia: Business
Team Telecom, one of Armenia’s leading mobile network operators, struck a deal to take a 30% stake in the Georgian telecommunications company SkyTel. The owner of Sotk, Armenia’s largest gold mine, indefinitely suspended operations due to cross-border fire from Azerbaijan. Armenia will appoint trade representatives to China, Germany, and the United States, more than doubling the country’s number of commercial envoys overseas. Armenia said nearly half of last year’s record economic growth could be attributed solely to “Russia-related factors.”
Pashinyan-Aliyev talks in Moldova end without agreement
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s latest round of peace talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Moldova ended without any new agreements reached. Pashinyan and Aliyev are set to hold a follow-up meeting in Brussels on July 21. Credits: Ruptly
Pashinyan to attend Erdoğan’s inauguration on first visit to Turkey
By Mark Dovich Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will attend newly reelected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inauguration Saturday in Ankara, marking the first visit by an Armenian leader to the country in over a decade. “Armenia received an invitation to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Pashinyan’s office said in a short statement Friday to the Armenpress news agency. It was not immediately clear if Pashinyan would meet with Erdoğan or any other Turkish officials during his visit. Armenia and Turkey officially recognize each other, but the two countries have never established diplomatic relations. […]
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.