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.

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.

AEF Hosts Armenian and English Language Writing Competition

The AEF's 3rd annual Armenian and English Language Writing Competition graphic

The Armenian Educational Foundation’s 3rd annual Armenian and English Language Writing Competition drew participants from Armenian high schools, immersion programs and middle schools across the country.

Students from four Armenian high schools and immersive programs and seven middle schools and immersive programs participated in the Armenian and English language writing competition. The participating schools included:

High Schools:

  • AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School;
  • Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School;
  • Armenian Mesrobian School;
  • Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School.

Middle Schools:

  • Armenian Sisters’ Academy;
  • Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School;
  • Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Middle School;
  • C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School Armenian Mesrobian School;
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Armenian Immersion Program.

The topic for this year’s essays related to the use of Artificial Intelligence in today’s society. Students were asked to reflect on two industries they felt were most impacted by AI, and discuss the positive and negative impacts of AI on society.

The panel of judges encompassed scholars of the Armenian and English languages with a variety of professional experience, including journalists, advanced placement high school educators and graduate students.

First place winners received a $500 prize, second place received $250 and third place received $125.

Armenian Language High School Winners and Essays:

  • First Place: Daniella Agojian (11th grade), Armenian Mesrobian School. Daniella’s essay can be read online.
  • Second Place: Vincent Hovsepian (11th grade), Rose & Pilibos Armenian School. Vincent’s essay can be read online.
  • Third Place: Davit Gevorgyan (10th grade), AGBU MDS. Davit’s essay can be read online.

English Language High School Winners:

  • First Place: Keghon Kasparian (12th grade), Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School. Keghon’s essay can be read online.
  • Second Place: Alana Papazian (11th grade), Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School. Alana’s essay can be read online.
  • Third Place: Narod Ekmekjian (10th grade), Armenian Mesrobian School. Narod’s essay can be read online.

Armenian Language Middle School Winners:

  • First Place: Elen Harutyunyan (7th grade), Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Elen’s essay can be read online.
  • Second Place: Anna Aghajanyan (7th grade), AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. Anna’s essay can be read online.
  • Third Place: Mary Hovakimyan (8th grade), Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School. Mary’s essay can be read online.

English Language Middle School Winners:

  • First Place: Lia Kargodorian (8th grade), Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School. Lia’s essay can be read online.
  • Second Place: Ashley Keshishian (6th grade), Armenian Sisters’ Academy. Ashley’s essay can be found online.
  • Third Place: Stephanie Mazmanian (8th grade), Armenian Mesrobian School. Stephanie’s essay can be read online.

AEF’s purpose in hosting the Writing Competition is to promote writing skills for students with the hope of encouraging and shaping a future generation of leaders, motivators and influencers who can become a positive force and promote progress within their community.

For more information on the Armenian Educational Foundation or to donate online, visit the AEF website.

Nagorno Karabakh presidency responds to Aliyev’s latest demands

 14:25, 29 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 29, ARMENPRESS. The Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh presidency has responded to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s latest statement demanding the elected officials of Nagorno Karabakh to surrender.

Presidential spokesperson Lusine Avanesyan issued a statement in response to Aliyev’s speech.

“Just a few days ago, the President of the Artsakh Republic called on the people and authorities of Azerbaijan to end the hatred and genocidal policy towards the people of Artsakh, to truly accept the principle of equality of people established by international law, the title and rights of the indigenous Armenian people to Artsakh.

At the same time, President Harutyunyan expressed his willingness to start a dialogue in an international format, based on the norms and principles of international law, especially on the principles of equality and self-determination of people, non-use of force and threat of force, peaceful settlement of disputes and principles of territorial integrity.

It is not the first time that Azerbaijan has spoken threateningly to the people of Artsakh after the Tripartite Declaration of a ceasefire, we have seen and continue to see manifestations of aggression in the form of local combat operations, blockade, energy and other pressures. This time, the President of Azerbaijan has added illegal demands to the elected authorities of the people of Artsakh.

The President and the National Assembly hold the primary mandate of the people of Artsakh, elected on democratic principles and on the basis of the Constitution of the Artsakh Republic. And the president of Azerbaijan is well aware that the main source of the subjectivity of Artsakh is those state institutions, and, in fact, with such demands, he recognizes the legitimacy and importance of those institutions.

Along with the active international efforts aimed at ensuring lasting peace in the South Caucasus, the repeated threats of the Azerbaijani President to the people and statehood of Artsakh are aimed at undermining the perspective of the effectiveness of these efforts. Emphasizing once again that Azerbaijan does not respect any international principles and obligations, President Harutyunyan reaffirms the provisions of his May 23 message addressed to the parties of the Tripartite Declaration and the UN Security Council," Avanesyan said.

Moscow attacked by drones – says mayor

 09:58, 30 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 30, ARMENPRESS. Several unmanned aerial vehicles attacked the Russian capital on Tuesday morning, damaging several buildings, RT reported citing a statement from Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

Two drones struck residential buildings, according to local news reports.

Sobyanin, citing data from the city medical services, said that no residents of the buildings hit by the UAVs were seriously hurt. He added that two people requested medical assistance at the scene.

Moscow Region Governor Andrey Vorobyov said in a statement that “several drones” bound for Moscow were shot down by air defenses. 

"This morning, residents of some districts in the Moscow Region could hear the sounds of explosions – it was our air defense in operation. Several drones were downed on their course to Moscow," TASS news agency quoted Vorobyov as saying.

Emergency services are clarifying the circumstances of the incident, Moscow authorities added.

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The attack comes after two drones – claimed by Russia to have been Ukrainian – attempted to strike the Kremlin earlier this month. Moscow accused Ukraine of attempting to assassinate President of Russia Vladimir Putin and vowed retaliation, but Kiev denied responsibility.

$1 billion of foreign investments in Armenia: PR ploy or real growth?

May 30 2023
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“For the first time in the history of Armenia, the volume of foreign direct investment amounted to about $1 billion, which is 5.13 percent of our GDP, ” Economy Minister Vahan Kerobyan said, commenting on last year’s figures.

He also talked about the need for multilateral and diversified economic relations with different countries. He said that in the near future Armenia will appoint trade representatives in China, Germany and the United States.

Economist Atom Margaryan regarded the minister’s announcement of direct investment as manipulation, which experts will not take seriously. Talking about the possible appointment of trade representatives, the expert recalled that in the embassies “there were and still are those holding similar positions, so there is nothing new in this.”

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Vahan Kerobyan stated:

“In terms of foreign direct investment-GDP, the government planned to reach 6 percent, and in terms of investment-GDP, 25 percent.”

According to interim data, the second figure is already 21.7%, and since the final data are usually “significantly higher than the intermediate”, the minister believes that the government managed to “get close enough to the target”.

Kerobyan says that if the investment-to-GDP ratio reaches 25 percent, it will mean that the transition from consumption-based economic growth to investment-based growth has been achieved.

According to Kerobyan, the goal of this undertaking is to increase trade with China, Germany and the United States. He said that now Armenia has trade representatives in Iran and the World Trade Organization. The Minister explained the importance of this step by the example of Iran — a trade representative was appointed two years ago, and trade has doubled during this time.

Talking about future plans, he stated that the Armenian government intends to diversify trade and economic areas, work more with the Arab, European and American markets.

Economy Minister Vahan Kerobyan maintains any such activity was an isolated incident

Economist Atom Margaryan says the figures announced by the minister will surprise no one. In contrast, he recalled that the dollar has depreciated, the dram has strengthened, and inflation has recorded an “unprecedented jump”. Margaryan asks how many jobs have been added with a billion investments and in which industries:

“Yes, it is possible that the treasury received money from the mining industry, casinos, offshore companies and Russian capital, escaping in the pockets of deserters from the Russian Federation. But the question arises: which high-tech industries have strengthened, expanded and, most importantly, created added value and increased prosperity?”

According to Margaryan, the announcement is just a PR move.

“It seems to the government that the more the numbers are inflated, the easier it will be for people to forget what is happening at the borders, what is happening in Artsakh. Have them present, in order, what high-yielding jobs have been created and in what area, the entities receiving or making these investments, and what trajectory they have created.”

Margaryan warns that there are investments that could be dangerous for the country and gives the example of the mining industry and the environmental consequences of its activities. “Non-positive” investments also include investments in the gaming business. To solve current problems, he speaks of the need for investment in the military industry.

Margaryan notes that in the case of the declared volumes of investments, the country’s public debt is illogical:

“If so much money came from private sources, then why did our country’s public debt increase by 1 billion every year and today it is about 11 billion? It would be nice if high-ranking officials explained this paradox.”

Commenting on the intention to appoint trade representatives of Armenia in China, Germany and the United States, Margaryan says that the public administration system is already excessively inflated and it is not worth increasing jobs in this way:

“These are also budgetary expenses – several people with families, from young to old, will have a good time in these countries.

Lack of democracy had been used to conceal truth about Nagorno Karabakh conflict, says Pashinyan



 11:37, 31 May 2023

YEREVAN, MAY 31, ARMENPRESS. The lack of democracy in Armenia had been used as an instrument to cover up the truth about the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said.

“The absence of democracy or the attitude towards democracy in Armenia had served as an instrument to prevent us from knowing the truth about the Karabakh issue. Of course I don’t want to spark a political debate, but the model that only a few people have expert-level knowledge on the Karabakh issue is the clearest evidence for that. This is the biggest problem that we have faced,” Pashinyan said at the Armenian Forum for Democracy.

Pashinyan added that now, in conditions of democracy, they are learning new information about the Nagorno Karabakh issue, decrypting new meanings and subtexts of well-known words.

PM Pashinyan arrives in Ankara for Erdogan’s inauguration

June 3 2023

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrived in Turkey on a working visit.

The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia, the Special Representative of Armenia for the normalization process between Armenia and Turkey Ruben Rubinyan.

The Special Representative of Turkey for the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations of the Turkish side, Ambassador Serdar Kilic, met the Armenian PM at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.

Prime Minister Pashinyan will attend the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Press: Historic step back from Armenian PM Pashinyan

June 3 2023

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Bilateral relations between Türkiye and Armenia have been strained for many years.

One of the most important reasons for the cold relations between the two countries is the Armenian side's stance on the 1915 events.

The Armenian side is trying to have the world recognize the so-called "genocide" of the "deportation" policy of the Ottoman Empire against Armenians during the World War I.

While Türkiye says that both sides suffered greatly during the war, it strongly rejects Armenia's so-called genocide allegations.

Both Ankara and Yerevan have recently taken steps to normalize bilateral relations.

Türkiye and Armenia are taking steps to normalize their bilateral relations.

At a time when normalization efforts are underway, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's statements attracted considerable attention.

Pashinyan stated that the government has frozen its attempts to have the so-called genocide allegations recognized in the international arena and called on the Armenian diaspora to adopt the same attitude.

The recent change of policy by Pashinyan, who has been on the agenda with his anti-Türkiye statements in previous years, is considered as an indication that the normalization efforts in the relations between Türkiye and Armenia have yielded results.