Azerbaijan again falsely accuses Armenia of border shooting in ongoing fake news campaign


YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 12, ARMENPRESS. The Azerbaijani authorities have generated more disinformation falsely accusing the Armenian military of opening cross-border fire, the Armenian Ministry of Defense warned Tuesday.

“The statement disseminated by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan as if on September 12, from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., the Armenian Armed Forces units opened fire at the Azerbaijani combat outposts in the southwestern part of the border, does not correspond to reality,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Bazoomq becomes first Armenian licensed private space operator

 16:13, 8 September 2023

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 8, ARMENPRESS. Bazoomq, the space research lab based in Yerevan, Armenia, that is currently developing the country’s first indigenous satellite, has been officially licensed as a space operator.

Minister of High-Tech Industry Robert Khachatryan personally awarded the license to carry out space activities to the Bazoomq staff on Friday.

“This is a significant event for us because you are the first private company [in Armenia] to receive the license to carry out space activities,” Khachatryan said, adding that the Armenian government attaches importance to the development of the sector.

The first Armenian indigenous CubeSat satellite will be sent into orbit in November.

The CubeSat, named Hayasat-1, is being developed by Bazoomq, a non-profit space research lab based in Yerevan, Armenia.

Bazoomq Space Research Lab’s mission is to establish and continuously develop capabilities and skills for cutting-edge space research, education and startups in and for Armenia.

Bazoomq Co-founder, board member & CTO Hayk Martirosyan told ARMENPRESS tech correspondent Karine Terteryan earlier on September 7 that Hayasat-1’s testing will be completed in September and the satellite will be launched into space on board the Space X Falcon 9 in late November.

Azerbaijan says top French diplomat’s comments on Karabakh ‘unacceptable’

Aug 28 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday vowed to launch a new diplomatic initiative to up pressure on Azerbaijan over its blockade of Armenian-controlled areas of Nagorno-Karabakh which has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Without giving details on the initiative, he told a conference of French ambassadors that he would hold talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the coming days.

"We will demand full respect for the Lachin humanitarian corridor and we will again launch a diplomatic initiative internationally to increase pressure on this issue," he said.

Armenia has urged the UN Security Council to hold a crisis meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh, citing a deteriorating humanitarian situation and accusing Azerbaijan of blocking supplies to the contested region.

The Caucasus neighbours have been locked in a dispute over the enclave — internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan — since the 1980s and fought two wars over the territory.

The second, in 2020, saw the defeat of Armenian forces and significant territorial gains for Azerbaijan.

For months, Yerevan has accused Baku of stopping traffic through the Lachin corridor — a short, mountainous road linking Armenia to settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh still populated by Armenians after the latest conflict.

Mher Margaryan, Armenia's permanent representative to the UN, warned earlier this month that the population of Nagorno-Karabakh stands on the verge "of a veritable humanitarian catastrophe" due to shortages of food, medicines and energy.

Azerbaijan's ambassador to France Leyla Abdullayeva, in a letter to French local elected representatives, accused Armenia of "worsening the security situation in the region by misuing the Lachin route for the transfer of mines and illegal armed forces on Azerbaijan's territory".

That was why Azerbaijan had set up a check point on the Lachin route, she said in the letter, a copy of which was seen by AFP on Monday.

She also complained that some French elected representatives had accompanied a humanitarian convoy for Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh which she said had led to her country being "demonised" with claims it had created a humanitarian disaster based on "absolutely unfounded allegations".

The two neighbours have been unable to reach a lasting peace settlement despite mediation efforts by the European Union, United States and Russia.

In the latest 2020 conflict, Azerbaijan regained control of key areas of Karabakh including the culturally significant city of Shusha. But other parts of the region, including the main city of Stepanakert, remain in the control of Armenian separatists.


First in Armenia: Ameriabank’s Mortgage Portfolio Goes Past AMD 200B


For around 6 years, Ameriabank has retained absolute leadership in the Armenian banking sector by mortgage loan portfolio. In H1 2023, Ameriabank’s mortgage portfolio increased by more than AMD 23B to a total of USD 209.6B, thus becoming the first in the market to go past the mark of AMD 200B.

For the same period, over 40% of Ameriabank’s mortgage loans for the purchase of apartments from developers were provided online.

Last year Ameriabank launched platform for a fully online experience of buying a home and getting a loan, from selection of developer to loan approval. The platform makes it possible to invite co-borrowers.

For more details, please watch the video.


About Ameriabank

Ameriabank is a leading financial and technology company in Armenia, a major contributor to the Armenian economy, with assets exceeding AMD 1 trillion. In the course of digital transformation, it has launched a number of innovative solutions and platforms going beyond banking-only needs of its diverse customer base, thus creating a dynamically evolving financial technology space. 

Ameria was the first in Armenia to create ecosystems for both businesses and individuals, which give one-window access to a range of banking and non-banking services, among them -,, 

As a truly customer-centric company, Ameria aims to be a trusted and secure financial technology space with seamless solutions to improve the quality of life.

Ameriabank is supervised by the Central Bank of RA.

Student from NK kidnapped by Azeri border guards while traveling to Armenia with Russian peacekeepers – UPDATED


YEREVAN, AUGUST 28, ARMENPRESS. A 22-year-old student from Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) has been kidnapped by Azeri border guards in the illegal checkpoint in Lachin Corridor while traveling to Armenia with a Russian peacekeeping escort, the Artsakh InfoCenter said. 

The official Artsakh InfoCenter identified the kidnapping victim as Alen N. Sargsyan (born 2001). He was traveling to Armenia to continue his education in Yerevan.

The motive behind the kidnapping is unclear.

“Azerbaijan continues its genocidal policy against the people of Artsakh, once again violating the norms of international humanitarian law. Details on the incident will be reported later,” the Artsakh InfoCenter said in a statement.

This is the second kidnapping incident of civilians by the Azeri border guards in their illegal checkpoint in Lachin Corridor. 

On July 29, an elderly patient was kidnapped during his medical evacuation facilitated by the ICRC.

Tigran Petrosyan, the Head of the Anti-Crisis Council under the Artsakh Presidency, said that another student is now detained in interrogation.

“An hour ago, the Azerbaijanis seized a 22-year-old student from the Russians in the checkpoint. And now one was taken away and another one is being interrogated,” Petrosyan said.

He called on residents of Nagorno-Karabakh to gather in the Stepanakert plaza for a demonstration. “This is no time for silence. If we remain silent, they will come and take us all.”

Meanwhile, Azeri news media reported that three Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh were arrested on Monday at the illegal Azerbaijani checkpoint in Lachin Corridor.

This is a developing story. 

Update shows comments by Tigran Petrosyan and the Azeri media report.

"Reflection of Infinity" urban installation will become one of the signature landmarks of Gyumri


YEREVAN, AUGUST 25, ARMENPRESS. At the international MEDS (Meeting of Design Students) workshop hosted in Gyumri, over ten projects were created for the city of arts and crafts. The 13th in history workshop brought together 150 architecture and design professionals from 28 countries to work on diverse projects encompassing modest architectural structures, urban installations, and other creative pursuits.

The PROFAL GROUP, a leading manufacturer of aluminum doors, windows, and glass constructions in Armenia, supported the “Reflection of Infinity” project by Alberto Collet and Daniele Meloni as part of its social responsibility programs. Specialists from Armenia, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Russia, Ireland, Egypt, India, and Turkey have united their efforts to create this piece of art.

Alberto Collet, making his first visit to Armenia, yet well-acquainted with our nation through his Armenian friends, said, "MEDS presents a unique platform for collaboration, wherein professionals from various cultures and perspectives get a chance to exchange ideas and work on the same project. The project that we successfully implemented is a landmark covered with a reflective surface that frames nature by creating an amazing masterpiece.”

"Reflection of Infinity '' was installed in the area adjacent to the Mother Armenia monument in Gyumri, which, according to the project's author, will capture the attention and arouse the curiosity of anyone be it citizens or visitors of Gyumri.

Edgar Avetisyan, the Chief Executive Officer of PROFAL GROUP, underscored the company's ongoing commitment to supporting such initiatives that foster international collaborations. “We firmly believe that design is the language that speaks to our emotions and connects people across cultures and boundaries. And we are delighted to support one of the projects carried out by young and talented professionals worldwide. And what is the most important, PROFAL consistently seizes every occasion to make substantive contributions to the community development of Armenia”, said Edgar Avetisyan.

The MEDS Gyumri workshop spanned from August 6-20, during which the contributors of the "Reflection of Infinity" project were hosted by PROFAL. Edgar Avetisyan welcomed the guests, providing insight into the company's trajectory, its achievements, and its ambitious forthcoming ventures. The participants toured the company's facilities encompassing aluminum, glass, and furniture workshops, thereby gaining insight into the entire production workflow. The guests also visited the O₂ Gardens, PROFAL's new project of landscape design, which was a profoundly impressive experience.

Call by citizens of Turkey to international community to end the blockade of Karabakh

Aug 16 2023

"For months, the Baku regime, backed by the Ankara regime, has been imposing a blockade on the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh that raises the possibility of genocide. The Stepanakert-Goris road, which should have been open for humanitarian aid, emergency services and peacekeepers after the last Karabakh war in which the Turkish Armed Forces were involved, has been under siege and closed since December 12, 2022.

For months, the United Nations, European Union and the Council of Europe have called on Azerbaijan to end the blockade of 120,000 people living in Karabakh, but the Baku regime has ignored, rejected or denied the blockade. Yet everyone knows that no basic necessities can enter Karabakh and no Karabakh resident can leave the region, even to meet the urgent health needs.  

In the face of the deepening crisis and confirming the concerns of the international community, Baku dictator Ilham Aliyev continues to publicly and repeatedly threaten Karabakh residents. So much so that the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, published an important report characterizing Aliyev's actions in Karabakh as conducive to genocide. 

We, the undersigned from Turkey, see that the international community is not sensitive enough to the developments and we are watching the situation with concern. Preventing genocides does not mean waiting for them to happen and then intervening. It means taking active steps to prevent such a danger now!

We call on all states, international organizations, especially the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and international public opinion to take an active stand.

Just as the Berlin blockade was broken in 1948-49, we call for breaking the blockade of Karabakh through airlift and thus putting an end to this human tragedy."

Abdullah Demirbaş, Abdülhakim Daş, Adnan Cangüder, Adnan Çelik, Ahmet Aykaç, Ahmet Konuk, Akın Atauz, Akın Birdal, Alev Er, Alex Köşkeryan, Ali Gökkaya, Ari Günter, Aslı Erdoğan, Attila Tuygan, Ayşe Hür, Ayşe Yıldırım, Ayşegül Devecioğlu, Baskın Oran, Bayram Kaya, Celâl Başlangıç, Cengiz Aktar, Cengiz Arın, Denis Dreisbusch, Doğan Özgüden, Emrah Cilasun, Erdal Doğan, Erdoğan Kahyaoğlu, Eren Keskin, Ergun Babahan, Erol Ercan, Eser Budak, Esra Mungan, Fatime Akalın, Fikret Başkaya, Garo Kaprielyan, Gençay Gürsoy, Güngör Şenkal, Gürhan Ertür, Hacer Ansal, Hasan Burgucuoğlu, Hatice Yıldız, Hıdır Çelik, Hovsep Hayreni, Hüseyin Habip Taşkın, İbrahim Seven, İnan Gedik, İnci Tuğsavul, İra Tzourou, Kemal Bilget, Kemal Hür, Kemal Yalçın, Kenan Yenice, Mahmut Konuk, Mehmet Ali Balta, Nafiz Özbek, Necati Abay, Nedim Kibar, Nesim Ovadya İzrail, Nesrin Nas, Nevzat Onaran, Nurcan Baysal, Nurten Kırmızıgül, Okan Küçükersan, Osman Okkan, Oya Baydar, Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Ömer Madra, Racho Donef, Ragıp Duran, Ragıp Zarakolu, Ramazan Gezgin, Recep Maraşlı, Sait Çetinoğlu, Sait Oral, Selahattin Koçak, Selay Ertem, Selma Koçiva, Serdar Koçman, Sibel Yiğittekin, Şaban İba, Şakir Bilgin, Şamil Altan, Şanar Yurdatapan, Şükriye Ercan, Taner Akçam, Ülkü Çevik, Viktorya Çiprut, Yalçın Ergündoğan, Yasemin Gedik, Yaşar Küçükaslan, Yavuz Aydın, Yavuz Baydar, Yetvart Danzikyan, Yıldız Aydın, Yusuf Köse, Zarife Atik, Ziya Özder.


Armenians Are Once Again Facing Genocide. The Time To Act Is Now | Opinion

Aug 10 2023

For over 230 days, a humanitarian crisis has loomed over Artsakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an autonomous, ethnically Armenian region within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan. The world has yet to take notice, and why should it? This seemingly unimportant area in the South Caucasus is the current lynchpin of geopolitics dividing East and West, NATO and Central Asia, Israel from monitoring Iran, and Russia from controlling its former republics. A peaceful, democratic populace including 30,000 children is in the crosshairs.

Since Dec. 12, 2022, the Berdzor (Lachin) Corridor, the only road connecting Artsakh to Armenia, has been under blockade by Azerbaijan in an escalation of tensions following the 44-day war of 2020. Now in its eighth month, the blockade is accompanied by increased threats and acts of violence against Artsakh and increasingly the Republic of Armenia.

Initial claims that the blockade was due to protests of "eco-activists" quickly proved to be a ruse to cover up Azerbaijan's campaign of aggression against the region's Indigenous Christians. The blockade has two immediate goals. First, to force assimilation into Azerbaijan; Second, to pressure Armenia to allow Azerbaijan to forge a road across its sovereign territory, uniting Turkey with its "brothers" in Azerbaijan, heralding Turkish domination across Central Asia. The intention is to make Armenia into a "rump state," further isolated and its borders redrawn and diminished. Azerbaijan's petro-dictator Ilham Aliyev and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's pursuit of geopolitical gain comes at the cost of 120,000 lives.

The implications are disturbingly clear. Erdogan and Aliyev intend to continue the genocide of 1915 and wipe Armenians off the map. Referring to the Armenian genocide, Erdogan said they will "continue to fulfill this mission, which our grandfathers have carried out for centuries in the Caucasus region." Aliyev has chided Armenians to "behave yourselves" or suffer renewed attacks. Their intended ethnic cleansing has precedents in Turkey during the 1915 genocide, the 1988 and 1990 pogroms of Baku and Sumgait, and the forced depopulation of ethnic Armenians from Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan.

Regarding the right to self-determination of Artsakh's Armenians, Aliyev made his stance clear with an ultimatum presented to Artsakh authorities: "Disband your government or prepare for the consequences." This rhetoric is expounded by pro-regime media in Azerbaijan with calls to integrate Artsakh into Azerbaijan. This offers an easy solution for powers who do not understand the history of Armenian persecution. Would the world suggest that the Jewish people assimilate quietly under a Nazi regime? This is what is being laid out—further marginalization and a sure death for the Armenians of Artsakh.

Activists block a road from Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, to Azerbaijani Aghdam offered by the Azeri officials as a way for humanitarian aid to the region demanding the reopening of the blockaded Lachin Corridor linking Karabakh to Armenia and to decry crisis conditions in the region, in Askeran on July 18, 2023.ANI BALAYAN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

The ongoing blockade of the Lachin Corridor is in direct violation of international law, the 2020 Trilateral Agreement, and the International Court of Justice's (IJC) ruling on Feb. 22. Emboldened by the lack of repercussions, Aliyev ignored these agreements and rulings. Azerbaijan's installation of a military checkpoint at the entrance to the Lachin Corridor in April has led to a complete blockade, including the International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC) aid efforts. Shortages of food, fuel, and medical supplies are currently critical. The de-facto attack on health care is further destabilizing Artsakh already targeted by Azerbaijan during the 44-day war of 2020. Miscarriages have tripled under the blockade. The complete blockade has prompted statements warning of impending genocide by Genocide Watch and the Lemkin Institute.

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Comparable crises have received far more attention and assistance. Russia's blockade of Ukrainian grain met with swift sanctions by the U.S., U.N., and EU. Humanitarian aid by the U.N. for the blockade of Gaza totaled over $5 billion. Azerbaijan's blockade of Artsakh has gone unanswered. The inability to respond comes in large part from a lack of recognition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Artsakh, rendering international aid impossible.

Azerbaijan's actions have undermined one international law after the other, but it seems that dictators don't care about humanitarian law. Expressions of "deep concern" have not and will not bear fruit. We need to speak the language of dictators. and send a clear message to those who seek to obliterate the Armenians.

First, recognition of the right to self-determination and recognition of Artsakh is vital. Second, immediate personal sanctions against Aliyev and embargoes on oil exports by Europe are critical to pressure the Aliyev regime to end Azerbaijan and Turkey's tireless efforts to ethnically cleanse Artsakh and the world of Armenians. Third, the U.N. Security Council should uphold the ICJ ruling and send peacekeepers to the region to end the blockade. To not do so is equal to being complicit in the impending genocide of the people of Artsakh.

Soseh Hovasapian is a student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

Ani Arzoumanian is a 2022 graduate of Colgate University and founder and former central executive member of the Armenian Student Associations United

Dr. Sharon Anoush Chekijian is associate professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and an OpEd Project Yale Public Voices Fellow.

The views expressed in this article are the writers' own.

Armenian Christians trapped and facing genocide

Aug 11 2023
More than 120,000 are currently trapped, without food or medicine, behind a blockade in the Muslim-majority nation of Azerbaijan. Former ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Sam Brownback, who recently returned from Armenia, calls it the Azerbaijani regime’s latest attempt at “religious cleansing.”

Armenpress: Azerbaijani military opens cross-border gunfire at Armenian outposts in Gegharkunik Province

 09:22, 7 August 2023

YEREVAN, AUGUST 6, ARMENPRESS.  Azerbaijani armed forces opened gunfire on Sunday targeting Armenian outposts deployed in Gegharkunik, the Ministry of Defense said Monday.

The Azerbaijani military used small arms and mortars in the shelling, the ministry added.

“On August 6, from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Azerbaijani [armed forces] units fired from different caliber small arms at the Armenian combat outposts nearby Kutakan and Tretuk, using mortars as well,” reads the statement issued by the Ministry of Defense.

No casualties were reported.