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 19:45, 4 July 2022

YEREVAN, JULY 4, ARMENPRESS. No bomb was found in the embassies of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China in Armenia, ARMENPRESS reports the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia informs.

On July 4, at 5:15 p.m., the National Center for Crisis Management received information that an explosive device was placed in the embassies of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China in Armenia.

ANCA Senate testimony shines spotlight on Azerbaijan’s ethnic-cleansing of Artsakh, torture of Armenian POWs

In ANCA testimony submitted on June 30th, Government Affairs Director Tereza Yerimyan urged Senate appropriators to allocate $50 million in U.S. aid to Artsakh to help its families “rebuild their lives and resettle in safety upon their indigenous Armenian homeland.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Government Affairs director Tereza Yerimyan shared findings from her recent, three-person ANCA fact-finding mission to Artsakh in testimony submitted this week to the US Senate panel drafting the FY23 foreign aid bill. Yerimyan underscored the longstanding calls for to end all US military aid to Azerbaijan and the delivery of an urgently needed $50 million aid package to Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).

“Having recently returned from a fact-finding mission in Artsakh, I can bear witness to the devastating humanitarian impact of Azerbaijan’s aggression against Artsakh’s civilian population,” stated Yerimyan. “As many as 100,000 Armenians were displaced. Many schools and hospitals, destroyed during the war, remain in ruins. Countless homes remain uninhabitable. The maternity ward of the state hospital has been rendered completely unusable. In addition to losing at least 70% of their indigenous lands, the Armenians of Artsakh now live upon a landscape littered with landmines and, especially, unexploded ordinance, posing a threat to the daily lives of children and families.”

Yerimyan continued, “Azerbaijan, for its part, continues to illegally hold and abuse Armenian prisoners of war, in contravention of the ceasefire agreement and Baku’s own commitments under international law. During our recent ANCA visit to Artsakh we interviewed a repatriated POW – an 80-year-old female civilian who was captured in her village home, witnessed the beating of her husband, and was tortured herself.”

Yerimyan made the case that Congress should hold the Aliyev regime accountable for the ethnic-cleansing of Artsakh and Baku’s ongoing occupation of sovereign Armenian territory by cutting off all US military aid to its armed forces. She also pressed for a long-term developmental investment in Artsakh, to help its families “rebuild their lives and resettle in safety upon their indigenous Armenian homeland.”

Speaking to the need for increased aid to Armenia, Yerimyan prioritized US aid programs aimed at materially strengthening Armenia’s security and sovereignty in the face of escalating Turkish and Azerbaijani threats.

Senate appropriators are currently drafting their version of the FY2023 foreign aid bill, to be taken up by the committee, likely over the next month.

In May, Yerimyan, ANCA IT director Nerses Semerjian and ANCA Programs director Alex Manoukian were joined by ANC International’s Gevorg Ghukasyan in a week-long fact-finding mission to Artsakh. While there, they worked closely with the ANC of Artsakh, which was launched in September 2021, to focus on protecting the rights of Artsakh’s citizens, securing international recognition of the Artsakh Republic, and restoring Artsakh’s territorial integrity.

The ANCA team discussed Artsakh’s geopolitical challenges with Foreign Minister David Babayan and learned new details about the plight of the 100,000 Armenian refugees forced from their ancestral homes during the 2020 war from Artsakh Republic Minister of Social Development and Migration Armine Petrosyan. Artsakh Human Rights Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan discussed the effects of Azerbaijan’s ongoing attacks on border villages and the water and gas challenges facing the Artsakh population. During meetings with Vardan Tadevosyan, the founder and director of the Lady Cox Rehabilitation Center, the ANCA team learned more about the life-changing assistance the center provides for soldiers and civilians injured during the 2020 Artsakh War, while working with children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. The ANCA team also met with representatives of The HALO Trust, whose demining efforts have saved countless lives in Artsakh for over two decades, in part through ANCA-supported US assistance.

The ANCA’s Tereza Yerimyan and ANC Artsakh’s Gev Iskajyan on the field with The HALO Trust Artsakh directors and deminers during the ANCA’s May, 2022 fact-finding mission.

In April, Yerimyan submitted ANCA testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, sharing similar pro-Artsakh/Armenia funding priorities. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee called for $60 million in US aid to Armenia, $2 million for Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) demining and a special report by the State Department and US Agency for International Development to identify humanitarian needs in the aftermath of the 2020 Artsakh war as part of its version of the Fiscal Year 2023 foreign aid bill.

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The Armenian American Community & U.S. Foreign Assistance Policy For Fiscal Year 2023
presented by Tereza Yerimyan, Government Affairs Director
Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)
for the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Committee on Appropriations, of the United States Senate

Thank you, Chairman Coons, for your strong leadership of this Subcommittee and your long history of support for the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian nation.

In the wake of Azerbaijan’s ethnic-cleansing of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), and amid Baku’s ongoing occupation of sovereign Armenian territory, we ask this Subcommittee to hold the Aliyev regime accountable by cutting off all U.S. military aid to its armed forces and to help meet pressing humanitarian and developmental needs in Artsakh with a robust assistance package.

Having recently returned from a fact finding mission in Artsakh, I can bear witness to the devastating humanitarian impact of Azerbaijan’s aggression against Artsakh’s civilian population. As many as 100,000 Armenians were displaced. Many schools and hospitals, destroyed during the war, remain in ruins. Countless homes remain uninhabitable. The maternity ward of the state hospital has been rendered completely unusable. In addition to losing at least 70 percent of their indigenous lands, the Armenians of Artsakh now live upon a landscape littered with landmines and, especially, unexploded ordinance, posing a threat to the daily lives of children and families. Azerbaijan, for its part, continues to illegally hold and abuse Armenian prisoners of war, in contravention of the ceasefire agreement and Baku’s own commitments under international law. During our recent ANCA visit to Artsakh we interviewed a repatriated POW – an 80-year-old female civilian who was captured in her village home, witnessed the beating of her husband, and was tortured herself.

As members of this panel know, both Artsakh and Armenia continue to endure the brutal consequences of the unprovoked attack launched on September 27th of 2020 by dictatorial Azerbaijan – backed by its ally Turkey – against democratic Artsakh. USAID has estimated that 90,000 Armenians have been displaced from their ancestral homes, describing their situation as an “acute humanitarian crisis.” Azerbaijan has destroyed countless homes, churches, and hospitals. It has targeted civilians, used prohibited cluster munitions and white phosphorus, illegally detained and abused Armenian prisoners of war, and continues to desecrate Armenian Christian holy sites and cemeteries. Shockingly, Azerbaijan has yet to be held to account. Just the opposite, in fact: Azerbaijan’s oil-rich Aliyev regime continues to receive U.S. military aid under President Biden’s reckless waiver of Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act.

Sadly, neither the Trump nor the Biden administration investigated Turkey’s role in Azerbaijan’s aggression, including Ankara’s recruitment of jihadist mercenaries from Syria and Libya to fight against Armenians. Nor has either administration investigated reports of Turkish F-16s having been used in Azerbaijan’s attacks. Closer to home, we have yet to see either the Pentagon or Department of State look into potential violations of U.S. arms export laws related to the discovery of U.S. parts and technology in Turkish Bayrakdar drones deployed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh.

Our specific requests related to the FY23 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill fall into three categories:

1) Aid to Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh):

Through the leadership of this Subcommittee, since Fiscal Year 1998, direct U.S. aid to Artsakh has provided its peaceful inhabitants with maternal health care, clean drinking water, and life-saving demining by the HALO Trust. In the wake of Azerbaijan’s 2020 attack, this aid program must be meaningfully expanded to meet the humanitarian and development needs confronting the families of Artsakh – estimated at well over $250,000,000 – helping them rebuild their lives and resettle in safety upon their indigenous Armenian homeland. In this spirit we ask the Subcommittee to support a long-term investment in Artsakh, and, in order to meet the most urgent needs facing Artsakh, request the following language to be included in the body of this Act:

Of the funds appropriated under this act making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs not less than $50,000,000 shall be made available for global health, humanitarian, and stabilization assistance for the Armenian population in Artsakh:

Refugee Relief: $20,000,000
Housing: $10,000,000
Food Security: $5,000,000
Water/Sanitation: $5,000,000
Healthcare: $5,000,000
Rehabilitation: $3,000,000
Demining/UXO: $2,000,000

2) Azerbaijan

We remain troubled that the Administration – even in the wake of Azerbaijan’s attack on Artsakh – has chosen, recklessly and irresponsibly, to waive Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act. Compounding this misstep, the Administration has – according to the General Accountability Office – officially confirmed that it has demonstrably failed to meet its statutory reporting obligations under this law.

U.S. military aid to Baku – including Section 333 (Capacity Building), Foreign Military Financing, and International Military Education and Training – should not materially add to Baku’s equipment stores, tactical abilities, and offensive capabilities, or free up its state resources for renewed cross-border action against both Artsakh and Armenia. Moving forward, the Administration should strictly enforce Section 907. Congress, for its part, should rescind the President’s authority to waive this provision of U.S. law, and enact statutory prohibitions on any new U.S. military or security aid to Azerbaijan.

We request the following language to be included in the body of this Act:

No funds appropriated or otherwise made available under this Act may be provided to the Government of Azerbaijan for U.S. military or security programs.

3) Armenia

Armenia – an ancient Christian nation deeply rooted in Western democratic values – has, despite the crushing economic impact of Turkish and Azerbaijani aggression and blockades, stepped forward as an ally and partner for the United States on a broad array of complex regional challenges. Armenia is a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace and the Armenian military has been among the highest per capita providers of peacekeepers to U.S.-led deployments, including those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Kosovo, and Mali.

Moving forward, the U.S. aid program to Armenia should focus on Armenia’s security and sovereignty. As such, we request the following language to be included in the body of this Act:

Of the funds appropriated by this Act, not less than $100,000,000 shall be made available for assistance for Armenia to support Armenia’s security and sovereignty in the face of regional threats from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

We commend the Subcommittee’s commitment to American Schools and Hospitals Abroad, and encourage continued support through this program for the American University of Armenia and the Armenian American Wellness Center. We also ask the panel to prioritize supporting Armenia’s role as a regional safe haven for at-risk refugees.

In closing, we would like to underscore, once again, our urgent calls for robust aid to the Armenian population of Artsakh and a statutory prohibition on U.S. security or military aid to Azerbaijan.

The ANCA, as always, thanks you for your leadership and looks forward to working with the Subcommittee to help save Artsakh, defend Armenia’s sovereignty, strengthen the U.S.-Armenia alliance, and advance American interests and our shared democratic values.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.


Turkish press: Canada agrees to boost troops numbers in Latvia

Barry Ellsworth   |29.06.2022


TRENTON, Canada

Canada will expand its diplomatic presence with full embassies in Eastern Europe and increase troops in Latvia, officials said Wednesday.

The numbers have not been released but Canada Defense Minister Anita Anand agreed with NATO allies to send more troops to the 2,000-soldier battlegroup it leads in Latvia.

The announcement was made at the NATO Summit in Madrid. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also at the summit.

It is part of an overall boost in troops to the NATO contingents in the Baltics, effectively doubling the numbers of eight battlegroups to between 3,000 and 5,000 troops. Canada joins Germany and Britain where officials said earlier they were prepared to lead larger battlegroups in the area.

Meanwhile, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, who is at the summit, announced Canada will upgrade its offices in Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia to full embassies. Canada will also open a full embassy in Armenia, she said.

The troop increase and the establishment of full embassies are seen as deterrents to further Russian aggression as Moscow has shown with its military operation in Ukraine.

"Transatlantic security is critical to international stability," Joly said in a statement.

"Russia’s illegal, unjustifiable and horrific invasion of Ukraine has changed the security and diplomatic landscape in Europe, and Canada needs to respond strategically,” she said.

"Building on Canada’s strong relationship with its European partners, the changes announced today will help ensure that we have the tools we need to reinforce Armenian democracy and address some of the greatest security and diplomatic challenges of our time. As a great diplomatic power Canada needs to be on the ground, connected and engaged,” Joly added.

Turkey, Armenia to open land borders for third-country citizens

July 1 2022
Ankara and Yerevan also agreed to commence direct air cargo flights between the two countries
By 

Ragip Soylu

 in 

Ankara

Turkey and Armenia made significant progress to normalise bilateral ties and agreed to open their respective land borders to third-country citizens visiting either country as soon as possible, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday. 

Both countries also agreed to commence direct air cargo flights at the earliest possible date. 

The statement came after the fourth meeting between Turkish and Armenian special representatives in Vienna to normalise ties between the two countries. 

Special envoys Serdar Kilic, a former Turkish ambassador to the US, and Armenia's deputy parliamentary speaker, Ruben Rubinyan, have been working on a roadmap to normalise ties since January. 

Armenia and Turkey signed a landmark peace accord in 2009 to restore ties and open their shared border after decades, but the deal was never ratified and ties have remained tense.

During the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ankara supported Azerbaijan and accused Yerevan of occupying Azeri territories.

Before the war, Azerbaijan had been blocking Turkish attempts to open the border with Armenia, saying Yerevan must first withdraw from its occupied territories. However, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said last year that their stance on the issue had changed.

One of the points of contention between Turkey and Armenia has always been the latter's claims on Turkish territory. Turkish officials, however, believe the provisions in the Armenian declaration of independence and the constitution on a "Western Armenia" on Turkish lands are up to interpretation and pose no genuine threat. 

Turkish officials believe normalisation between Turkey and Armenia will serve broader security and stability in the region.

Turkish officials also mention that the reconciliation process between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues to be an important step in maintaining Turkish-Armenian talks. 

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-armenia-open-land-borders-third-country-citizens

Sports: Inter signs Henrikh Mkhitaryan

PanArmenian
Armenia – July 1 2022

PanARMENIAN.Net - A busy few days in the transfer market continued for Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri completed the signing of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Serie A rival Roma, the Associated Press reports.

Inter registered Mkhitaryan’s contract with the league’s governing body on Friday, July 1 and also did so for 26-year-old Cameroon goalkeeper André Onana, who joins from Ajax.

Both have signed as free agents.

Mkhitaryan spent the past three seasons at Roma after spells in England with Manchester United and Arsenal.

The 33-year-old Armenia midfielder made more than 100 appearances for Roma and helped it win the Europa Conference league last season.

Political scientist: If Armenian authorities had goal to keep Berdzor they would have found way to keep it

NEWS.am
Armenia – July 2 2022

After the formation of the new parliament in 2021, National Assembly (NA) MP Tigran Abrahamyan twice sent a question to the government regarding six settlements of Kashatagh region of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)—including Berdzor town and Aghavno village —which means that the topic was raised. He was told that everything would be discussed with the public; nothing would be done in secret. Former MP, political scientist Tevan Poghosyan stated about this in an interview with Armenian News-NEWS.am.

"[But] now it turns out that these issues were discussed, they have done some things. Did they inform the public? Unfortunately, it turns out [that] the policy is the same, they keep everything secret, then say ‘We will be held accountable.’ And maybe you should be held accountable for not being able to show a creative approach as to what you should have done to use the issues of interpreting the text of the November 9 [2020 trilateral] statement in the right way because an ‘alternative road’ is written, it is not written [that] an alternative Lachin corridor will be opened, which means that the Lachine corridor should remain as it is; several corners, maybe bridges, tunnels can be built inside it. That is, if you set a goal for Berdzor [(Lachin)] to remain, then I'm sure they would have found a way to keep it," said Poghosyan, again expressing his conviction that it was possible to keep Berdzor under Armenian control.

"I'm not even saying that there should have been a project within three years. Three years have passed, but we see that they are building a road from the side, and they are trying to ‘sell’ us that the quality is better. I have spoken with specialists; they say that in the case of this new road, the main heights will remain with Azerbaijan in terms of control of that road. What is safe about it? There was no intention to keep Berdzor, the goal was to hand [it] over; for that, everything was done this way. Now, whether they had agreed or did it out of fear, what difference does it make to us at this point? Only new defeats should be expected from the defeated [Armenian] authorities," he emphasized.

Tevan Poghosyan is convinced that there will be no peace, as it has not happened in the last thousand years.

"The peace agreement is a piece of paper. Syria and Turkey have also signed agreements, as have Russia and Ukraine. Be more afraid of that ‘era of peace;’ and the example is Nakhichevan, which was completely de-Armenianized in 50 years."

He emphasized that a statesman who is concerned about the interests of Armenia should have realized that he should step down in order not to allow others to advance their interests as they wish—because they do it through him.

"The best example of that was given by [First President] Levon Ter-Petrosyan in 1998. That person opened the door so that we could advance our interests in the international arena for 20 years."

And when asked about the probability of a new war at this moment, Tevan Poghosyan responded: "It can start at any moment. The law, "If you want peace, prepare for war" is a law of nature. Now we [i.e., Armenians] have decided to go against the laws of nature and wonder if it will work. It won't work!"

Armenia to go cash-free

Ani Mejlumyan Jun 27, 2022

Most major transactions in Armenia – buying a car or even a house – typically are conducted in cash, with buyers handing over a thick stack of bills, usually dollars.

But no more: Under a new law all big purchases will have to be made electronically, either through a mobile payment app or via a wire transfer at a bank.

And for now, at least, that will come with a steep fee: Banks charge between 1.5 and 3 percent for the transactions.

The new law, passed by parliament on June 9, affects business transactions of more than 300,000 drams (about $720) and transactions between individuals of more than 500,000 drams ($1,200). That limit for individuals will be reduced to 300,000 drams in July 2023.

The law also prohibits local and central government bodies from making or taking any payments in cash. Some institutions like hospitals, universities, and notaries will go completely cashless. Pensions and salaries will have to be paid via banks – even pawnshop loans, as well. And transactions made illicitly in cash can be annulled.

“Let no one think that we want to complicate people's lives, on the contrary, we want to simplify people's lives,” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a June 2 cabinet meeting where the bill was discussed. "There are also fiscal and anti-corruption effects here.”

Under Pashinyan, the government began a campaign to reduce the off-the-books shadow economy starting in 2019. It now requires small businesses to issue receipts and to officially register all employees, and starting in 2024 all Armenians will have to declare their income to the government.

“The restrictions on cash transactions can help reduce the level of the shadow economy, since transfers can’t be made in foreign currencies, which is a common practice,” Vilen Khachatryan, head of the Department of Management at the Armenian Academy of Public Administration told local news website Panorama.am.

But many anticipate logistical challenges, as there are questions about whether the banking system can handle what will be a large increase in electronic transactions, whether trust can be maintained without cash, or how people will try to circumvent the rules.

One man who buys and sells used cars for a living, Tigran Hovannisyan, told RFE/RL: “We are going to have disputes with buyers. A buyer is going to say, ‘I won’t transfer the money until you register the car in my name,’ and I’m going to answer: ‘I won’t register it in your name until you transfer the money.’”

People may come up with creative ways to evade the regulation, the director of the real estate agency Kentron, Vahe Danielyan, told RFE/RL. “Buyers and sellers may formalize their deals as ‘donations’ and do them in cash to avoid taxes,” he said.

“The banking system, because of the increased number of transactions, needs to be able to provide fast service and improve in quality,” Khachatryan said.

Bank fees on these transactions currently amount to between 1.5 and 3 percent, representing a significant cost for consumers and a windfall for banks. But the Central Bank of Armenia was “negotiating” with banks to reduce the fees, Hovhannes Khachatryan, the bank’s deputy chair, told reporters on June 16. 

Khachatryan also promised to make sure that businesses that don’t currently have payment terminals can get them, saying the central bank is working with private banks to ensure access. 

Ani Mejlumyan is a reporter based in Yerevan.

https://eurasianet.org/armenia-to-go-cash-free 




Tehran: Evidence of Armenian Genocide from German Foreign Office archives published in Persian

TEHRAN TIMES
Iran –
  1. Culture
– 18:58

TEHRAN – “The Armenian Genocide: Evidence from the German Foreign Office Archives, 1915-1916” compiled and edited by German journalist Wolfgang Gust has been published in Persian.

Parvin Daneshvar is the translator of the book published by Afkar.

In 1915, the Armenians were exiled from their land, and in the process of deportation 1.5 million of them were killed. 

The 1915-1916 annihilation of the Armenians was the archetype of modern genocide, in which a state adopts a specific scheme geared to the destruction of an identifiable group of its own citizens. 

Official German diplomatic documents are of great importance in understanding the genocide, as only Germany had the right to report day-by-day in secret code about the ongoing genocide. 

The motives, methods and after-effects of the Armenian Genocide echoed strongly in subsequent cases of state-sponsored genocide. 

Studying the factors that went into the Armenian Genocide not only gives us an understanding of historical genocide, but also provides us with crucial information for the anticipation and possible prevention of future genocides.

Wolfgang Gust is an independent scholar based in Germany. For many years he was a foreign news editor and correspondent with the highly respected German news magazine Der Spiegel. 

He is the author of two previous books about the Armenian Genocide and the Ottoman Empire, as well as several articles related to the subject.

Photo: Front cover of the Persian edition of Wolfgang Gust’s book “The Armenian Genocide: Evidence from the German Foreign Office Archives, 1915-1916”.

MMS/YAW

Turkey and Azerbaijan don`t leave attempts to get a corridor through Syunik

ARMINFO
Armenia –
Marianna Mkrtchyan

ArmInfo.Turkey supports the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a press  conference after the first trilateral meeting of the ministers of  foreign affairs and transport of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan.   At the same time, he added that they expect the opening of the  "Zangezur corridor" (through the Syunik region of the Republic of  Armenia, ed. note), which will provide communication with the western  regions of Azerbaijan, in the shortest possible time.

According to him, the opening of communication through the Syunik  region is very important from the point of view of the development of  the countries of the region. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun  Bayramov also stated this.

It should be noted that within the framework of the first trilateral  meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs and transport of  Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan in Baku, the Baku Declaration was  signed.

According to the Baku Declaration, the ministers stressed the need  for the full operation of the proposed new corridors. "Ministers  expressed the need for the full exploitation of the newly proposed  corridors, which will strengthen ties in the region, including the  establishment of rail and road corridors, stated in the tripartite  statements of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia dated November 9/10,  2020 and January 11, 2021. Ministers stated the importance of  development corridor linking Eastern Zangezur and the Nakhichevan  Autonomous Republic as a promising part of the Middle Corridor," the  document cited by the Azerbaijani media says.

It should be noted that on January 11, talks between the leaders of  Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev and Nikol  Pashinyan were held in Moscow. After the talks, the Russian leader  announced the establishment of a working group, which will be headed  by the vice-premiers of the three countries. The group deals with  issues of unblocking economic, trade and transport links in the  region, opening borders. On June 3, the 10th meeting of the  trilateral working group under the joint chairmanship of the Deputy  Prime Ministers of Armenia – Mher Grigoryan, Russia – Alexei Overchuk  and Azerbaijan – Shahin Mustafayev was held. "Armenia, Russia and  Azerbaijan have brought their positions closer on border and other  types of control, as well as on the safe passage of citizens,  vehicles and goods on roads and railways through the territories of  Armenia and Azerbaijan. The vice-premiers discussed possible routes  for the passage of the highway, which provides transport links  between the western regions of Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan through the  territory of Armenia. The parties will continue to work on the  implementation of the agreements between the leaders of Russia,  Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding the unblocking of transport links in  the region."

It is noteworthy that Turkey and Azerbaijan are trying to get a  corridor road through the territory of Armenia. Meanwhile, official  Yerevan has repeatedly stated that there can be no talk of a road  "with corridor logic", this position was supported by Russia, which  noted that the communication would function under Armenian  sovereignty. 

Armenia appellate court considering appeal against PM Pashinyan

NEWS.am
Armenia –

The Court of Appeal of Armenia is considering Monday the appeal of lawyer Hakob Martirosyan and opposition MP Artsvik Minasyan of the decision of the Court of General Jurisdiction of Yerevan not to open a criminal case against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

In June 2021, Martirosyan and Minasyan had submitted a report on a crime, in particular, demanding that a criminal case be filed against Pashinyan—and under the Criminal Code article on "high treason” in connection with the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) war in the fall of 2020. 

Sessions in this court case are regularly rescheduled for various reasons. This had angered the families of the Armenian soldiers who had fallen in the aforesaid war, and therefore after the adjournment of the hearing on May 17, they had closed off the street adjacent to the Court of Appeal, and demanded that their appeal be considered objectively and that a proper procedure be given to it.