Unblocking: Transportation will be carried out based on international agreements, national legislations – Moscow

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. International transportations via the links in South Caucasus which could potentially be reopened will be implemented based on international agreements and the national legislations of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing when asked whether or not customs control will be carried out on the roads in the event of communications being unblocked between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“We are in favor of a consistent implementation of the high level agreements of November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021,” Zakharova said. “They pertain to the unblocking of economic and transport links in South Caucasus. A trilateral working group co-chaired by the deputy prime ministers of the three countries is dealing with these important issues. The entire complex of these issues was discussed with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Overchuk during his visits to Yerevan and Baku. We see good prospects for unblocking of communication, of course taking into account the balance of interests of all sides. We also proceed from the position that international transportations through the routes which will be reopened will be implemented based on international agreements and the national legislations of Armenia and Azerbaijan,” she said.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Armenian Speaker of Parliament meets with IFRC Regional Director for Europe in St. Petersburg

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Alen Simonyan and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on state-legal affairs Vladimir Vardanyan met today with Birgitte Ebbesen, Regional Director for Europe at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the sidelines of the international conference dedicated to healthcare services and sustainable development goals.

During the meeting the post-war humanitarian crisis in Artsakh and the organization’s role in solving these issues were discussed. Birgitte Ebbesen praised the legislation in Armenia relating to the Red Cross and Red Crescent. She informed that a similar CIS model law is being developed.

Speaker Simonyan highlighted the direct representation of international organizations in Artsakh.

The meeting also touched upon the upcoming visit of the IFRC Secretary General to Armenia. Speaker Alen Simonyan expressed readiness to host the Secretary General and discuss the agenda priorities.

 

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Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 25-11-21

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YEREVAN, 25 NOVEMBER, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 25 November, USD exchange rate up by 2.11 drams to 480.22 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 3.23 drams to 538.95 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate up by 0.04 drams to 6.44 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 1.96 drams to 640.33 drams.

The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.

Gold price up by 11.76 drams to 27513.84 drams. Silver price down by 3.32 drams to 362.75 drams. Platinum price down by 56.63 drams to 15099.76 drams.

24th Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Telethon kicks off – Natalia Oreiro calls for joining the fundraising

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. The 24th Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Telethon kicks off on November 25 entitled "Empowering Remote Border Communities”.

ARMENPRESS reports the telethon will be carried out in a new format this year, in the form of report films, during which the team of the foundation will present the large-scale programs implemented in 2020-2021 in Armenia and Artsakh.

Uruguayan actress and singer, celebrity Natalia Oreiro has urged to join the fundraising, noting that the funds raised will be used to renovate a kindergarten in the village of Verishen in Syunik.

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The telethon will be broadcast on Public TV at 18:40 Yerevan time.

Armenpress: Valentina Matviyenko suggests carrying out delimitation between Armenia, Azerbaijan based on maps kept in Russian MoD

Valentina Matviyenko suggests carrying out delimitation between Armenia, Azerbaijan based on maps kept in Russian MoD

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. According to Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matviyenko, today the main issue for Armenia and Azerbaijan is to carry out the delimitation and demarcations works in a way that none of the sides would think of resuming military operations, ARMENPRESS reports, citing senatinform.ru website,  the speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament said prior to Putin-Pashinyan-Aliyev negotiations scheduled on November 26 in Sochi during the bilateral meeting with the Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Sahiba Gafarova within the framework of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg.

“Russia has offered its assistance, considering the fact that the maps of the Soviet era are kept only in our Defense Ministry. They are precise, they precisely define the exact borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We can confidently negotiate on the basis of these maps. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan support this approach. There is understanding and agreement, but the process is moving slowly. That is why the tension continues”, Matviyenko said, adding that Russia is interested in peaceful and stable South Caucasus and will spare no efforts for that end.

RFE/RL Armenian Report – 11/25/2021

                                        Thursday, 


Purchase Of Luxury Car For Parliament Speaker Raises Eyebrows In Armenia

        • Naira Nalbandian

Armenian Parliament Speaker Alen Simonian (file photo)


A government approval of the purchase of a luxury car worth $185,000 for 
Parliament Speaker Alen Simonian has sparked a public outcry in Armenia, with 
civil activists calling it unacceptable given the current economic and financial 
constraints in a country hit hard by the recent war and pandemic.

Simonian’s spokesperson Tsovinar Khachatrian described the approved purchase of 
a high-class BMW as rational in terms of both security and saving.

“The need for a new car is explained by the need to provide security 
representation, as well as to save money, as it includes warranty service and 
maintenance costs,” she explained.

Human rights activist Levon Barseghian, meanwhile, described the move as a 
“feast during the plague.”

“It is absolutely incomprehensible and criminal in political terms. It is a 
criminal expense to make in political terms when the country has huge problems 
to solve,” Barseghian said.

In substantiating the expense, the government said that it was considered 
urgent, which means it can be purchased from the official dealer – the 
Euromotors company, which belongs to the family of wealthy businessman Gagik 
Tsarukian.

Most government officials and pro-government lawmakers approached by RFE/RL’s 
Armenian Service did not either justify or criticize the decision immediately, 
preferring not to comment on it.

High-Tech Industry Minister Vahagn Khachatrian, however, went along with the 
explanation of the executive. “The car that has been in service since 2010 would 
definitely have been worn out during these years and would need to be replaced. 
It must have been an urgent issue,” he said.

Parliament Speaker Simonian who is currently on an official trip abroad did not 
immediately comment on the decision of the government either.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian as an oppositionist used to be very critical of 
large spending on cars for officials. Explanations of former officials for the 
spending did not differ much from the explanations provided by current 
authorities.



Russia ‘Ready’ To Help Armenia, Turkey Normalize Relations

        • Lusine Musayelian

Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova (file 
photo)


Russia is ready to promote efforts to repair relations between Armenia and 
Turkey, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday, confirming that 
Yerevan has made a request for Russia’s mediation in the mending of ties with 
Ankara.

Maria Zakharova said during a weekly news briefing in Moscow that Russia is 
interested in this process and has made efforts on the normalization of 
Armenian-Turkish relations before.

“Our country is ready to further promote this process in every possible way. The 
launch of this process, as we believe, would undoubtedly contribute to the 
improvement of the general situation in the region,” the diplomat said.

Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vahan Hunanian told RFE/RL’s Armenian 
Service earlier this week that Yerevan had informed Moscow that it was ready for 
normalization with Ankara without preconditions and asked for its mediation in 
the process.

During the news briefing Zakharova also stressed that Russia is “taking all 
measures to restore economic ties and transport links in the region.”

“We are taking all steps to establish a peaceful life and strengthen stability 
in the region. Special attention, of course, is now paid to the restoration and 
development of trade and economic ties and transport links,” the official 
representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian reiterated Yerevan’s readiness to 
normalize its relations with Ankara during an online press conference on 
Tuesday, but he warned that such a process cannot take place if Turkey presses 
conditions like Azerbaijan’s getting an exterritorial corridor to its western 
Nakhichevan exclave via Armenia.

“We want to normalize our relations with Turkey. We cannot discuss any corridor 
issue. But we want to discuss opening of regional transport links,” Pashinian 
said.

Pashinian and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged public statements 
in August about reciprocal “positive signals” for normalizing relations after 
decades of feud over historical events, including the Ottoman-era massacres of 
Armenians that over two dozen governments in the world recognize as the first 
genocide of the 20th century.

In an interview with Le Figaro earlier this month Armenian Foreign Minister 
Ararat Mirzoyan revealed, however, that Ankara was setting new conditions for 
starting a dialogue with Yerevan, including the provision of an exterritorial 
corridor for Azerbaijan. He told the French daily that the demand for such a 
corridor was out of the question.

Pashinian, too, said that last year’s Russia-brokered Armenian-Azerbaijani 
ceasefire agreement did not envisage any exterritorial corridors. He stressed, 
however, that Armenia is ready to provide transit roads via its territory, which 
is part of the deal that stopped a 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh, maintaining 
sovereignty over them.

During today’s news briefing in Moscow Zakharova was also directly asked about 
whether there will be customs controls on the roads that would link Azerbaijan 
with its Nakhichevan exclave.

Zakharova replied by saying: “We see good prospects for unblocking transport 
links in the region, taking into account the balance of interests of all 
parties. We also proceed from the fact that international transportation along 
unblocked routes will be carried out on the basis of international agreements 
and national legislation of each of the parties.”



Armenian Politicians ‘Alerted’ To ‘State-Sponsored’ Spyware Targeting

        • Artak Khulian

FRANCE-ISRAEL-SECURITY-SPYWARE-PEGASUS -- This studio photographic illustration 
shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 
'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021.


About two dozen citizens of Armenia, including an opposition politician and a 
government official, have so far reported smartphone alerts about being exposed 
to state-sponsored hacking through Pegasus, a spyware developed by a private 
Israel-based firm.

Armenian information security specialists say they are currently working to find 
out the exact scope of potential victims of spyware targeting in the country.

Media expert Arthur Papian has confirmed that the spyware has so far targeted 
key figures both from the opposition and the government.

NSO Group’s Pegasus software infects iPhones and Android devices to enable 
operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly 
activate microphones and cameras.

“Former and current civil servants [have been targeted]. And all of them are 
people who know state secrets and other valuable information and have some 
political influence,” Papian said.

Information security specialists in Armenia assume that considering this 
circumstance the spyware targeting may have been ordered by the authorities of 
either Armenia or Azerbaijan. They do not rule out the possibility that both 
countries’ authorities are behind the attacks.

“As far as I understand, in all probability, it is NSO Group itself that targets 
by order, hacks phones and then provides a way to see the data, to get access to 
it,” Papian said.

Artur Vanetsian, the leader of the opposition Pativ Unem faction in parliament, 
said on Wednesday that he was alerted by Apple about being targeted through 
Pegasus.


Artur Vanetsian

Vanetsian, who served as director of Armenia’s National Security Service in 
2018-19, published a screenshot of the alert message warning him about a 
possible state-sponsored spyware targeting. The message does not mention what 
country’s government may have ordered that attack.

On the one hand, Vanetsian claims that the current Armenian government has tried 
to wiretap him, and on the other hand, he does not rule out the possibility of 
the Azerbaijani government sponsoring the hacking attack against him.

“We cannot rule out or confirm it at this moment,” he said. “A short while ago 
another opposition lawmaker approached me in parliament and said that he had 
received the same alert earlier today,” Vanetsian said.

High-Tech Industry Minister Vahagn Khachaturian also confirmed to media on 
Thursday that he had received a similar alert from Apple. He denied that the 
Armenian government may be behind the spyware targeting attacks.


Vahagn Khachatrian

“We have assessed what happened to me as to a citizen and what happened to other 
people around me as an attack or attempted attack against the security of 
certain citizens of the Republic of Armenia or perhaps even government bodies,” 
the minister said.

Tech giant Apple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, seeking a 
permanent injunction to ban the Israeli company from using any Apple software, 
services or devices. Apple admitted that a small number of its users may have 
been targeted by an NSO Group exploit to install Pegasus on Apple devices.

Last summer international investigative journalists found out that at least ten 
countries’ special services had used the Pegasus program developed by NSO Group 
to spy on politicians, journalists and activists. Azerbaijan is also on that 
list. There was no mention of Armenia at that time.



Armenian Opposition Calls Border Demarcation With Azerbaijan ‘Premature’

        • Anush Mkrtchian

Head of the parliamentary opposition Hayastan faction Seyran Ohanian (file photo)


Armenia’s parliamentary opposition has claimed that a border delimitation and 
demarcation process with Azerbaijan that may begin soon is “hasty and premature.”

Speaking during parliamentary hearings on the matter initiated by the opposition 
Hayastan faction, head of the faction Seyran Ohanian insisted that there is no 
proper environment for starting such a process at the moment.

The parliament’s opposition initiated the discussions after Prime Minister Nikol 
Pashinian announced last week that Armenia had accepted new proposals from 
Russia on the “preparatory stage” for delimitating and demarcating its 
Soviet-era border with Azerbaijan.

The announcement was made just two days after Armenia and Azerbaijan accused 
each other of provoking a major border incident in which at least seven 
Azerbaijani and six Armenian soldiers were killed.

The worst Armenian-Azerbaijani fighting since last year’s 44-day war in 
Nagorno-Karabakh was also stopped through Russia’s mediation.

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of occupying 41 square kilometers of its 
sovereign territory since May. Baku denies its troops entered Armenian territory 
after advancing towards the border with Armenia as a result of regaining control 
of territories in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

In his remarks at the hearings in parliament not attended by the pro-government 
majority Ohanian claimed that the “demarcation” of the borders has been done 
through incidents like the latest one resulting in loss of life.

“In fact border demarcation is taking place unilaterally. It is being done at 
the cost of Armenian soldiers’ blood,” the Hayastan faction’s head claimed.

“None of the representatives of the top leadership have given any explanation as 
to why the one-day war took place, what followed and preceded it. The fact is 
that we suffered casualties and had captives taken by Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan 
entered the sovereign territory of Armenia. That is, a border demarcation took 
place at the cost of blood,” he added.

Ohanian called the planned talks on border demarcation as a 
‘Turkish-Azerbaijani’ trap for Yerevan and accused the Armenian government of 
going along with this process. He also claimed that by ceding strategic heights, 
roads and borderline areas the current Armenian government “has nullified the 
country’s security potential.”

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian is due to travel to the Russian Black 
Sea resort of Sochi on November 26 for talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham 
Aliyev that will be hosted by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

The issue of border delimitation and demarcation is likely to be addressed 
during the talks.

Armenia’s opposition fears that the trilateral meeting may result in the signing 
of a border-related document not favorable for Armenia.

During an online press conference on Tuesday Pashinian said, however, that if 
any document is to be signed at any upcoming meeting, it will only be about 
forming a commission that will deal with border delimitation and demarcation 
work and will not predetermine the outcome of the process itself.

In his public statements Pashinian has also acknowledged the security challenges 
facing Armenia. Talking about the current processes around Nagorno-Karabakh and 
Armenia Pashinian has said on several occasions that “we are going through a 
minefield and must be very cautious.”

Some representatives of extra-parliamentary parties participating in today’s 
parliamentary hearings even suggested that they stay put in parliament until 
Pashinian returns from Sochi and presents what he discussed there.

Deputy Parliament Speaker Ishkhan Saghatelian, who represents the Hayastan 
faction, said that the opposition was committed to continuing its struggle both 
in parliament and in the street. He said that now they urge the government “to 
refrain from any negotiations, written or oral agreements, that would violate 
the requirements of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia and the 
collective will of the Armenian people expressed in the [1990] Declaration of 
Independence.”



Poland Donates Over 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccines To Armenia


A batch of AstraZeneca vaccines against COVID-19 arrives in Armenia from Poland. 
.


Poland has donated a total of 201,640 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine 
worth nearly $660,000 to Armenia as the South Caucasus country struggles with a 
low vaccination rate, having so far fully inoculated only about a fifth of its 
adult population.

Poland’s embassy in Yerevan said on Thursday that the donation was made by the 
Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Armenia’s Ministry of Health.

According to Armenia’s Ministry of Health, a total of 1,168,501 vaccine shots 
have been administered in the country of about 3 million as of now. Only about 
407,000 of Armenia’s residents, or some 20 percent of the country’s adult 
population, have been fully vaccinated so far.

Armenians have until now been inoculated with vaccines developed by Russia, 
China, Oxford University and the Anglo-Swedish company Astra Zeneca as well as 
the U.S. company Moderna.

After spiking in October and the first half of November, the number of daily 
coronavirus cases reported in Armenia began to slowly decrease in the past 
several days, still remaining relatively high though.

The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday morning 592 new cases and 40 
coronavirus-related deaths.

More than 7,400 people have died in Armenia from COVID-19 since the start of the 
pandemic in March 2020, and over 1,400 patients with coronavirus have died from 
other diseases during the same period, the country’s health authorities say.

During today’s session of the government Armenian Health Minister Anahit 
Avanesian announced the start of revaccination for citizens who were fully 
inoculated at least six months ago.

“We follow recommendations of the World Health Organization. There is no 
shortage of vaccines in the country. Citizens may choose the vaccine they want,” 
the minister said.

Vaccination in Armenia is not compulsory, but the government has introduced some 
administrative measures in an attempt to speed up the slow pace of its 
immunization campaign launched in April.

From October 1, virtually all public- and private-sector employees refusing 
vaccination have been obliged to take coronavirus tests twice a month at their 
own expense.

Earlier this month, the government revealed plans to make such mandatory testing 
weekly and introduce a mandatory health pass for entry to cultural and leisure 
venues.

A group of opposition lawmakers is contesting the legality of mandatory COVID-19 
tests for citizens in proceedings that opened at the Constitutional Court of 
Armenia on November 25.



Armenian Yazidi Rights Activist Goes On Trial For ‘Incitement’

        • Artak Khulian

Yazidi human rights activist Sashik Sultanian (L) goes on trial in Armenia, 
.


An Armenia court on November 24 opened a controversial trail against a human 
rights activist from the minority Yazidi community over comments he made in an 
interview, despite international concerns about his prosecution.

Prosecutors accuse Sashik Sultanian, the head of the Yazidi Center for Human 
Rights, of “inciting ethnic enmity between Armenians and Yazidis,” an ancient 
Kurdish-speaking religious group.

The probe against Sultanian was launched in October 2020, after he conducted an 
interview with the Yezidinews.am website in June that year. He has been 
restricted from leaving Armenia.

In the interview, Sultanian said that Yazidis face discrimination, their rights 
are not protected, and they are unable to develop their culture, language, or 
practice their religion.

He also claimed Yazidis are underrepresented in local government structures, 
Armenians seized Yazidi property, and the community is not allowed to develop 
economically.

Prosecutors argue that Sultanian’s statements don’t fall under human rights 
advocacy and protected speech “since all allegations mentioned in the interview 
do not correspond to reality.”

Sultanian says his comments were not directed against the Armenian people, but 
rather the Armenian government. The interview was deleted on the day of 
publication at the request of Sultanian.

Several international and national human rights organizations have denounced the 
proceedings against Sultanian as an assault on freedom of speech that will have 
a chilling effect on those who stand up for minority rights.

Armenian authorities have obligations to ensure human rights defenders can 
freely carry out their activities without any restrictions, Council of Europe 
Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic said in a letter to Armenia’s top 
prosecutor ahead the trial.

“This is all the more important when such legitimate speech addresses the 
treatment of minorities and is aimed at protecting and promoting their rights,” 
she said.

In June, Human Rights Watch called on Armenian authorities to drop charges 
against Sultanian, saying his opinions are protected free speech.

UN special rapporteurs on human rights defenders, minority issues, and freedom 
of expression have also called on Armenian authorities to drop the case.

“It is not incitement to hatred or violence to raise human rights concerns about 
the treatment of minorities,” the UN experts said in August. “We call on Armenia 
to drop these criminal charges, which appear designed simply to intimidate Mr. 
Sultanian and others who stand up for minority rights.”

There are only an estimated 1.5 million Yazidis in the world, mostly of whom 
live in northern Iraq. There are smaller populations in Syria, Turkey, and in 
the European diaspora.

There are about 40,000 Yazidis in Armenia, and they make up the largest minority 
group in the mono-ethnic South Caucasus country with a population of about 3 
million people.

The next hearing in the trial of Sultanian is scheduled for January 26.

Despite refusing to generally review the measure of restraint against Sultanian, 
the court allowed the Yazidi activist to travel abroad from November 30 to 
December 8 to attend the 14th session of the UN Forum of Minority Issues in 
Geneva, Switzerland.



Armenian FM In Phone Talks With Russian, Iranian, Israeli Counterparts


Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey 
Lavrov (combo photo, undated)


Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan held separate telephone conversations 
with his Russian and Iranian counterparts, the ministry’s press department said 
late on Wednesday.

During their phone conversation Mirzoyan and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey 
Lavrov reportedly discussed issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“The importance of a comprehensive and long-term settlement of the 
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through peaceful negotiations within the mandate of 
the OSCE Minsk Group’s co-chairmanship was emphasized,” the statement released 
by the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.

It said that Mirzoyan presented “the situation created as a result of the recent 
aggression of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces against the territorial integrity and 
sovereignty of Armenia.”

Mirzoyan reportedly stressed “the role of the Armenian-Russian allied relations 
in the context of efforts aimed at establishing stability in the region.”

Mirzoyan and Lavrov also discussed “the process of the fulfillment of the 
obligations assumed by the parties as part of the trilateral statements of 
November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021”, the statement added.

In a separate phone conversation on Wednesday Armenia’s top diplomat reportedly 
discussed “regional security issues of mutual interest” with Iran’s Foreign 
Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.


Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister 
Hossein Amirabdollahian meet in Tehran, October 4, 2021

According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, during the conversation Mirzoyan 
said that “Azerbaijan’s latest aggression against Armenia is a serious threat to 
efforts to establish security and stability in the region.”

He said he highly appreciated Iran’s position on “the territorial integrity of 
Armenia and the inviolability of its borders.”

The two also reportedly “exchanged views on expanding ties in the areas of 
trade, economy, infrastructures and energy.”

“The importance of the implementation of work on the multilateral agreement on 
the creation of the Persian Gulf-Black Sea international transport corridor was 
also pointed out,” the statement of the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.

The same day, according to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Mirzoyan held a phone 
conversation with Foreign Minister of Israel Yair Lapid.


Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan (L) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair 
Lapid (combo photo, undated)

During the conversation Mirzoyan “presented the situation resulting from the 
recent aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against the territorial integrity and 
sovereignty of the Republic of Armenia,” it said.

“The interlocutors discussed the Armenian-Israeli relations and prospects of 
their promotion. Issues of the Armenian historical-cultural and religious 
heritage in the Holy Land were addressed,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in 
a statement.

The Armenian foreign minister’s series of telephone talks came two days before 
an Armenian-Azerbaijani summit talks to be hosted by Russian President Vladimir 
Putin in Sochi on November 26.

The Putin-hosted talks between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and 
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are expected to focus on issues of border 
delimitation and demarcation after a major escalation along the border between 
the two South Caucasus countries on November 16.

At least seven Azerbaijani and six Armenian soldiers were killed in skirmishes 
that were stopped through Russia’s mediation.

Yerevan says at least 32 Armenian soldiers were taken prisoner by Azerbaijan as 
a result of the fighting that proved to be the worst since last year’s 
Russia-brokered ceasefire that stopped a 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh in which 
nearly 7,000 people were killed.


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Zakharova: Armenia asked to Russia to mediate normalisation of relations with Turkey

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 25 2021

Moscow confirms that Yerevan has requested Moscow's support in mediating the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Ria Novosty news agency. 

"Yes, we can confirm that Armenia came with a request for mediation to normalise relations between Yerevan and Ankara. Russia is interested and is exerting efforts aimed at the process of normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations," Zakharova said.

The Russian diplomat added that Russia is ready to support the process in the future as well.  "The start of this process will definitely contribute to the improvement of the overall situation in the region," added Zakharova. 

We are not ready for peace with Turks who continue killing us – Tigran Baloyan

Panorama, Armenia
Nov 25 2021

A gathering of "Liberation movement" initiative is underway at the Republic Square in Yerevan. The participants call on authorities to refrain from signing any agreement of the demarcation and delimitation of the border with Azerbaijan contrary to Armenian interests. They also demand the publication of the document that is reportedly to be signed. Lecturer at Yerevan State University Tigran Baloyan addressed the public during the gathering. 

"They want to impose peace on us, on a country which suffered defeat. Ideally, we should have accepted that peace. Azerbaijani and pro-government media labeled us revanchists, however we are not crazy and know what we want. We do not want to conclude peace agreement as along as we are not ready for that peace. We are not ready for peace agreement with Turks who continue killing us. A peace agreement is signed when reconciliation is in place between peoples. The peace imposed on us is an Azerbaijani agenda and of those who follow that," said Baloyan. 

Armenian army’s General Staff ex-deputy chief: War is very likely, but it is rare that there will be corridor

News.am, Armenia
Nov 25 2021

Former First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia, Lieutenant General Tiran Khachatryan says Syunik Province of Armenia might have the same fate as Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) did, Armlur.am reports.

Asked if this is a possibility, Khachatryan said the following: “There is a high probability of war, if security is not ensured, the army is not strengthened, the necessary objectives aren’t met and the capacities aren’t reinforced.”

According to him, even though certain activities have been carried out in this direction over the past year, they are definitely not enough. “We need to show that we are strong and are capable of taking certain actions to give a counterattack,” the army general emphasized.

Asked if Azerbaijan will obtain the corridor that it wants, Khachatryan said he doesn’t think so.


Armenian opposition party leader calls on people to free state institutions of ‘Turks’

News.am, Armenia
Nov 25 2021

The current population of Armenia consists of not only our fellow Armenians, but also representatives of fraternal peoples, as well as ‘Turks’. This is what leader of the opposition Yerkir Tsirani political party Zaruhi Postanjyan said during parliamentary hearings on Thursday.

According to him, Armenia is currently occupied by the enemy, namely the Civil Contract Party. “Those ‘Turks’ are sitting in the building of the National Assembly, in the sessions hall of parliament. One can recognize them by their smell. They smell bad, just like the enemy,” Postanjyan said.

Postanjyan also called on everyone to free state institutions and buildings of ‘Turks’.