More than 50 people questioned over Surmalu blast

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 16:15,

YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. More than 50 people have been questioned by authorities in the Surmalu market explosion case, the Investigative Committee spokesperson Vardan Tadevosyan told ARMENPRESS.

Those questioned include victims and owners of shops in the venue. However, the owner of the trade center itself hasn’t been questioned so far.

“There is no defendant in the case [yet],” Tadevosyan said.

The criminal case is opened on Violation of Fire Safety Rules Causing Deaths and Violating of Safety Rules for Storing, Transporting, Using or Supplying Flammable or Incendiary Materials Causing Death.

UK flag flies at half-mast at Yerevan Embassy in memory of victims of Surmalu blast

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 16:42,

YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS.  The UK’s flag is flying at half-mast in front of the British Embassy in Yerevan today in memory of the victims of the blast at Surmalu shopping centre on 14 August, the British Embassy said in a statement.

“At this difficult moment, the British Embassy sends its deep condolences to the people of Armenia,” it added.

On Sunday 14 August, UK Ambassador John Gallagher wrote on Twitter:

“Shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the explosion at Surmalu shopping centre this afternoon. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. I wish those injured a full and speedy recovery.”

Two days of national mourning are declared in Armenia in memory of the victims of the Surmalu trade center explosion.

Charles Michel extends condolences to families of victims of Yerevan explosion

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 16:45,

YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. President of the European Council Charles Michel extended condolences to the families of the victims of the Yerevan explosion.

“Today I join all Armenians in their mourning for the lives lost in the tragic explosion at Sumalu market in Yerevan. My sincere condolences to the families that lost their loved ones. I wish speedy recovery to all injured,” Michel tweeted.

Two days of national mourning are declared in Armenia in memory of the victims of the Surmalu trade center explosion.

Charles Michel extends condolences to families of victims of Yerevan explosion

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 16:45,

YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. President of the European Council Charles Michel extended condolences to the families of the victims of the Yerevan explosion.

“Today I join all Armenians in their mourning for the lives lost in the tragic explosion at Sumalu market in Yerevan. My sincere condolences to the families that lost their loved ones. I wish speedy recovery to all injured,” Michel tweeted.

Two days of national mourning are declared in Armenia in memory of the victims of the Surmalu trade center explosion.

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 17-08-22

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 17:15,

YEREVAN, 17 AUGUST, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 17 August, USD exchange rate down by 0.13 drams to 405.96 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 1.53 drams to 412.94 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate up by 0.08 drams to 6.70 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 2.97 drams to 491.13 drams.

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

Gold price down by 30.27 drams to 23165.19 drams. Silver price down by 2.76 drams to 262.67 drams. Platinum price stood at 16414.1 drams.

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 17-08-22

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 17:15,

YEREVAN, 17 AUGUST, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 17 August, USD exchange rate down by 0.13 drams to 405.96 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 1.53 drams to 412.94 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate up by 0.08 drams to 6.70 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 2.97 drams to 491.13 drams.

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

Gold price down by 30.27 drams to 23165.19 drams. Silver price down by 2.76 drams to 262.67 drams. Platinum price stood at 16414.1 drams.

Prime Ministers of Armenia, Russia discuss trade cooperation issues

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 19:03,

YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, ARMENPRESS was informed from the website of the Russian Government.

"The Heads of Governments discussed the key issues of Russian-Armenian cooperation in the trade and economic sphere and the implementation of joint projects in various fields.

Mikhail Mishustin and Nikol Pashinyan also discussed the priority issues of expanding cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union and the preparation of the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council to be held on August 25-26 in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyz Republic)," the press release states.

Prime Ministers of Armenia, Russia discuss trade cooperation issues

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YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, ARMENPRESS was informed from the website of the Russian Government.

"The Heads of Governments discussed the key issues of Russian-Armenian cooperation in the trade and economic sphere and the implementation of joint projects in various fields.

Mikhail Mishustin and Nikol Pashinyan also discussed the priority issues of expanding cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union and the preparation of the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council to be held on August 25-26 in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyz Republic)," the press release states.

Prime Ministers of Armenia, Russia discuss trade cooperation issues

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YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, ARMENPRESS was informed from the website of the Russian Government.

"The Heads of Governments discussed the key issues of Russian-Armenian cooperation in the trade and economic sphere and the implementation of joint projects in various fields.

Mikhail Mishustin and Nikol Pashinyan also discussed the priority issues of expanding cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union and the preparation of the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council to be held on August 25-26 in Cholpon-Ata (Kyrgyz Republic)," the press release states.

President Tokayev condoles with Armenian PM over Yerevan explosion victims

Aug 17 2022

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan has extended his heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and the Armenian people on the occasion of the tragedy at the Surmalu market that claimed many lives, Kazinform has learned from the Akorda press service.

In the telegram of condolences the Head of State conveyed the words of deep sympathy to the bereaved families and those injured in the explosion.

Recall that the explosion rocked the Surmalu market in Yerevan on August 14 claiming lives of 16 people and injuring another 18.