FLYONE ARMENIA to name aircraft in honor of composer Aram Khachatryan

 13:25, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. FLYONE ARMENIA announced Monday it will name one of its airplanes in honor of renowned composer Aram Khachatryan to mark the latter’s 120th anniversary of birth.

June 6 will mark the composer’s 120th anniversary of birth.

FLYONE Armenia Chairman of the Board Aram Ananyan said that the airline will commence Yerevan-Tehran flights also on June 6.

“We are in contact with the composer’s family, we have an agreement. I think that the soaring of the airplane bearing the name of Aram Khachatryan will make the Armenian culture visible to the world. As an airline, we pay attention to promoting our values,” Ananyan said.

FLYONE ARMENIA will operate Yerevan-Tehran roundtrip flights four times per week – on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

FLYONE ARMENIA achieves 400,000 passenger count in five months of 2023

 13:58, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUN 5, ARMENPRESS. FLYONE ARMENIA transported 400,000 passengers in the five months of 2023, the airline’s Chairman of the Board Aram Ananyan has said.

Ananyan said on June 5 that the airline is approaching the threshold of having a passenger count of 1,000,000 per year.

“This passenger count of 400,000 attests to the fact that passengers trust our airline, and this is what matters above all. On the other hand this speaks about the effectiveness of our airline. We were speaking about half a million passengers at the end of last year, and already today, not having concluded the year yet, we are recording a 400,000 indicator and I have to say that the most active tourism seasons are still ahead. We expect to achieve the bar we’ve set for the year,” Ananyan said.

FLYONE ARMENIA flies to over 20 destinations from Yerevan, Armenia.

Washington to host another round of Armenia-Azerbaijan foreign ministerial talks

 14:12, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. Armenia and Azerbaijan will continue negotiations on establishing relations and the peace treaty on the level of foreign ministers, foreign ministry spokesperson Ani Badalyan told ARMENPRESS.

The next round of foreign ministerial talks is planned to take place in Washington, D.C.

The talks will start on June 12.

“We will provide other details additionally,” she added.

"The Power of One Dramik": Idram Junior users donate

 14:51, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. Remember we said that the best news were yet to come? Now we are here to share them with you. "The Power of One Dram" is no longer one: the initiative is joined by "The Power of One Dramik", a program within the framework of which younger users donate.

Already from June 1, young users can donate by simply making their payments through the Idram Junior application. According to Idram director Arsene Kdenian, this is a great opportunity to teach young users the culture of charity. "We need not only financially literate, but also socially responsible generation. By launching "The Power of OneDramik", we want to teach young users to be charitable, to be aware of the challenges of the society in which they live. Our Junior users are already philanthropists: they didn't know yet, but for each of their payments, "one drams" were collected and they will join "The Power of One Dram" program", said Arsene Kdenian.

By the way, on the occasion of June 1st, Idram Junior personally participated in the events organized for children. On June 1st, a series of performances were shown at the Puppet Theater, during which Junior was present in the theater and helped to register in the Idram Junior application and go through authentication, and during this time the younger users were not left without a surprise.

Another bright event was held in Yerevan Park. Junior also managed to be here and help younger users to register and pass authentication in Idram Junior, in return to take coupons and receive happy and pleasant surprises directly in Yerevan Park.

Download the Idram Junior app now, register and join the charity culture with "The Power of One Dramik".


Iranian national sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for drug trafficking in Armenia

 15:13, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. An Armenian court has sentenced an Iranian national to 9 years imprisonment for being an accessory to the smuggling of 350kg of heroin from the neighboring country in 2021 with intent to transport it to the Netherlands.

Armenian customs officials discovered the heroin in February 2021 during customs control.

The Iranian citizen was charged on January 8 in 2022 with accessory to smuggling narcotics, accessory to drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit smuggling of narcotics.

The Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction found the Iranian national guilty on all charged and handed over a 9-year sentence.

Armenia actively works around visa liberalization with EU – foreign minister

 15:32, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. The visa liberalization issue is being actively discussed with the European Union, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said on Monday.

Speaking at a parliamentary committee discussion on the 2022 budget report, FM Mirzoyan said that the visa liberalization issue is an item on the agenda of Armenia and EU members and Armenia is receiving support in almost all cases, however the matter requires a consensus decision from the EU.

“We are actively discussing the visa liberalization topic. It is on the agenda between us and the EU or us and individual EU countries, it is being discussed, and it is mostly or in nearly all cases supported. Nonetheless, a consensus position is required for the EU to make such a decision. And it hasn’t been possible to reach a consensus within the EU so far,” the foreign minister told lawmakers.

He said that the work continues.

Customs duties from EEU budget drop, says Armenian finance minister

 16:00, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. In 2022 Armenia received 28 billion dram less from the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EEU) single customs budget compared to 2021, finance minister Vahe Hovhannisyan said on June 5.

Hovhannisyan told lawmakers at a joint committee hearing on the 2022 budget report that a decrease has been recorded in terms of customs duties from the EEU.

“Customs duties dropped 56 billion 685 million drams, which is 28 billion dram less than in 2021. In 2021 that amount stood at 84 billion 839 million drams. This is due to the decrease of overall imports in the entire EEU market in 2022,” Hovhannisyan said.

Armenia considers offers from several countries on building new nuclear power plant

 16:52, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian Government has set up a commission on nuclear energy which studies the global market to find the most appropriate offers, the Director of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Movses Vardanyan said at a June 5 panel discussion on Armenia’s nuclear energy.

He said that Armenia should begin considering the construction of a new power plant today.

“In this regard Armenia is a specific country and has several demands,” Vardanyan said at the Nuclear Energy as One of the Mechanisms Ensuring Armenia’s Energy Security and Independence discussion. “First of all, the issues related to safety and seismic resistance are important to us, we also consider financial and logistic issues and many other aspects. As you know, in February 2023 our partners at the Rosatom Energy Projects submitted the preliminary technical-economic substantiation of building two 1200 MW reactors in Armenia. They take into consideration all our demands and issues, and we already have that project on hand. We are also working with our South Korean partners who have offered 1000 and 1400MW reactors, as well as modular nuclear reactors. We are also studying the French variant. We are also studying American modular reactors. I once again emphasize that we will prioritize safety, financial expediency and logistics,” Vardanyan said.

Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan says maintains close contact with ex-FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

 17:01, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has said that he maintains close contact with ex-foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

Member of Parliament Garnik Danielyan from the Hayastan faction asked Mirzoyan whether or not he sought advice from his predecessors over the negotiations process with Azerbaijan.

“The state [belongs] to us all. And I think that ministers taking office ought to study their predecessor’s experience in case of opportunity. No one is perfect, you might get some advice or nuances that could be to the benefit of the country,” the lawmaker told the foreign minister during parliamentary joint committee debates of the 2022 budget report.

“From former foreign ministers I maintain rather close contact, for example, with Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. The ministers who served before him are regularly publishing articles so I get to know their approaches from the press anyway. Unfortunately, I find their positions to be far from being an appropriate perception or offers constituting appropriate solutions, therefore there isn’t much to talk about. In case of someone else I can recall that he abandoned the position entrusted to him at the most difficult time full of challenges for our country. I don’t understand what’s there to discuss,” Mirzoyan said, adding that he also discusses matters concerning Armenian interests with experts.

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 05-06-23

 17:20, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, 5 JUNE, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 5 June, USD exchange rate up by 0.06 drams to 387.28 drams. EUR exchange rate down by 2.80 drams to 414.12 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate down by 0.02 drams to 4.76 drams. GBP exchange rate down by 5.47 drams to 479.72 drams.

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

Gold price down by 134.40 drams to 24445.09 drams. Silver price up by 4.96 drams to 297.40 drams.