- “Many Armenians believe there’ll be a spring offensive by Azerbaijan. If this doesn’t happen, our mission is already a success,” Markus Ritter, the head of the EU civilian mission on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, told Deutsche Welle Tuesday.
- The Russian-led CSTO security bloc is ready to implement the plans to deploy its own mission to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin told RTVI Wednesday.
- Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed U.S. President Joe Biden’s second annual Summit for Democracy Wednesday, thanking Washington for helping halt Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenia last September.
EU border mission to double number of ‘operational hubs’ in
The European Union said it will double the number of “operational hubs” for monitors deployed to the Armenian side of the border with Azerbaijan. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan spoke with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dereck Hogan in advance of a planned meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart. Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, who co-chairs a working group on restoring regional transit links, met with Toivo Klaar, the EU’s special representative to the South Caucasus. Armenia’s State Revenue Committee said officers intercepted 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine destined for Australia at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport.
Diaspora: Armenia’s “black gold” for economic development
Diana Sarumova, executive director at the European Business Association in Armenia, sits down with CivilNet’s Mark Dovich to talk about Armenia’s improving business environment, the challenges facing Armenian companies looking to expand abroad, and the importance of engaging the diaspora in Armenia’s economic development.
Trial against Azerbaijani soldier accused of murdering Armenian civilian to
The trial against the Azerbaijani soldier accused of murdering an Armenian civilian in southern Armenia in April will begin on Friday, the Prosecutor General’s Office said. Azerbaijani Ombudsperson Sabina Aliyeva visited the two Armenian soldiers allegedly abducted from Armenian territory last month. Gayane Hakobyan, who lost her son in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war and stands accused of trying to kidnap Ashot Pashinyan, was taken back into custody hours after a court ordered her to be freed from pre-trial detention and placed under house arrest.
Foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan to meet in Washington next
The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet in Washington next week for another round of peace talks. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said that Armenia “has no right” to negotiate on the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armen Grigoryan, the head of Armenia’s Security Council, said Yerevan may sign a peace deal with Baku by the end of the year. A Yerevan court ordered that Gayane Hakobyan, the woman accused of trying to kidnap Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s son, be placed under house arrest.
Jerusalem’s Armenian community continues protests against controversial land deal
As we continue to bring you on-the-ground coverage from Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter, CivilNet’s team spoke with Hagop Djernazian, a young Jerusalemite Armenian activist who has been organizing weekly protests calling for a controversial land deal to be revoked. In 2021, 18 Armenian clergymen at the Saint James Brotherhood in Jerusalem co-signed a statement raising concerns about a deal leasing a section of the Armenian Quarter, called the Cows’ Garden, to an Israeli Australian businessman for 99 years. Hagop and other community members we spoke to stated that the Armenian residents and community members were not properly informed or consulted about […]
Armenia’s largest gold mine partially closed over shelling from Azerbaijan
By Mark Dovich The Russian company that owns Sotk, Armenia’s largest gold mine, said last week it had indefinitely suspended open-pit operations at the site, citing shelling from Azerbaijan. “Further work at the Sotk open pit has become impossible due to circumstances beyond the company’s control,” GPM Gold was quoted as saying last week by Sputnik Armenia. The company said that more than 700 people who work at the mine had been placed on unpaid leave. It was not immediately clear if operations would also be halted at the company’s gold smelting plant in the town of Ararat, which could […]
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