New Ambassador of Syria presents credentials to Armenia’s President

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 16:01,

YEREVAN, JUNE 14, ARMENPRESS. Newly-appointed Ambassador of Syria to Armenia Nora Arisian presented her credentials to President Vahagn Khachaturyan, the Presidential Office said.

“It’s a great honor for me to represent Syria in Armenia. I will make maximum efforts for the development of the bilateral relations for the benefit of the two friendly countries and peoples”, the Ambassador said.

Congratulating the Ambassador on assuming office, the Armenian President said that the Armenian-Syrian relations have been formed on historical friendly basis.

“I am confident that your diplomatic experience and knowledge will contribute to the development of the Armenian-Syrian relations”, the President said.

Both sides emphasized the necessity of giving a new content to the Armenian-Syrian multisectoral cooperation, including taking practical steps to develop new cultural and educational programs.

US Permanent Representative to NATO invites Sweden and Finland to attend NATO summit

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 20:32,

YEREVAN, JUNE 14, ARMENPRESS. Finland and Sweden can participate in the forthcoming NATO summit as invited countries, ARMENPRESS reports, citing Ria Novosti, US Permanent Representative to NATO Julianne Smith said.

The NATO summit will take place on June 28-30 in the Spanish capital Madrid.

On May 18, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO in the wake of the events in Ukraine, but Turkey, a NATO member, blocked the consideration of the Nordic countries' applications, citing its reservations and preconditions.




Evacuated Karabakh residents gradually return despite Azeri presence

PanARMENIAN
Armenia – June 8 2022

PanARMENIAN.Net - Head of the village of Khramort in Nagorno-Karabakh Zorik Abrahamyan has revealed that only one Azerbaijani flag is visible instead of the previous four on a nearby strategic height known as Karaglukh.

In an interview with Pastinfo, the official revealed that 25% of the population that had been evacuated as a result of Azerbaijan's incursion earlier in the year, have already returned home.

"Residents are gradually returning to their homes, setting an example for each other. People have begun to cultivate their gardens, harvesting mulberries, busy with daily work. They are returning little by little. We can't call them all at once, because we have to make sure that people are completely safe. It's true that we have positions. Strongholds of Russian peacekeepers are also located in the village, but in any case, if something happens one of these days, who is going to be responsible for it? The situation in the Karaglukh area remains the same; the enemy is still there," Abrahamyan said

Azerbaijani troops continue to remain in positions they set up on Karaglukh, a strategic height in Nagorno-Karabakh, which Azeri forces stormed in March, killing injuring Armenian soldiers.



Armenia joins European Archeology Days event

Public Radio of Armenia
Armenia – June 8 2022

For the first time Armenia has joined the European Archeology Days event to be held on June 17-19 in archeological excavation sites across the country.

The European Archeology Days have been held since 2010 and are coordinated by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP).

During the three-day event, visits will be organized to archeological sites, archeological research centers, which are usually closed to the public. Archaeologists will present the details of their work. A number of entertainment and educational events – excavations, exhibitions, courses, restoration of the finds – are also expected within the framework of the event.

The Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, the Research Center for Historical and Cultural Heritage, the Historical-Cultural Reserve-Museum, the Historical Environment Protection Service SNCOs and the Erebuni Historical-Archaelogical Museum-Reserve have joined the event.

Russia’s Lavrov to meet with Pashinyan and Khachaturyan during upcoming Armenia visit

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 12:26, 8 June 2022

YEREVAN, JUNE 8, ARMENPRESS. Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov will meet with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Vahagn Khachaturyan during his upcoming working visit to Armenia, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.

Lavrov will arrive in Yerevan on June 8-9 for participating in the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The meeting of the Armenian and Russian Foreign Ministers will be held on June 9.

Resistance Movement participants start procession through central streets of Yerevan

NEWS.am
Armenia – June 9 2022

The participants of Resistance movement started a procession from France Square along the central streets of Yerevan.

The procession will pass through Sayat Nova, Abovyan, and Nalbandyan streets, then the movement members will return to France Square and discuss actions for tomorrow.

"We will also march past the hotel where Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is spending the night, show our strength, show our will, once again voice our demands.

Tomorrow morning we will invite you again to the France Square because there will be an enlarged meeting of the CSTO, where we must also voice our demands. We have to make those demands to any delegation visiting Armenia," said Ishkhan Saghatelyan, NA Vice President, ARF Supreme Council representative.

Prime Minister Pashinyan awards group of devotees of Public Television

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 10:16, 9 June 2022

YEREVAN, JUNE 9, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan together with his wife Anna Hakobyan, President Vahagn Khachaturyan, as well as a number of high-ranking officials visited the Public Television Company of Armenia, the PM’s Office said.

The Prime Minister and the President presented awards to a group of devotees of the Public Television on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Public Television.

In particular, Nikol Pashinyan awarded the Commemorative Medal of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia to Nara Shlepchyan, the first host of the Armenian Television, People's Artist of the Armenian SSR, member of the Board of the Public Television and Radio Company of Armenia, and Elmira Arsenyan, the Producer Director of the TV company. The latter's award was given to her colleague Artavazd Yeghoyan, as Mrs. Arsenyan is abroad.

Alvard Lazaryan, Senior Digital Archivist of the Digital Archive of the Public Television, Arsen Nazaryan, Head of the Editing Department, Smbat Sargsyan, Editor of the Production Process Support Department of the News Service, and Anichka Hunanyan, Head of the Television Fund Rehabilitation Laboratory received Letter of Gratitude from the Prime Minister.

After the awarding ceremony, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan congratulated everyone on the 65th anniversary of the Public TV. "In general, I think that age itself suggests that, at least, many of those present have been accompanied by Public Television throughout their lives. This is why we have a special attitude and special feelings towards the Public Television, because at every stage of our lives we remember ourselves in the role of a viewer of the Public Television.

Today, I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to pay our respects to the staff of Public Television who have played the most important role over the years. And I must hope that the Public Television will continue to appear with prominent, significant figures in the field of television, in the field of journalism, in the field of public discussions in the Republic of Armenia. These figures should also be shaped in the Public Television; they must become important mouthpieces for talking to our society, for dialogue. And this is the role of Public Television in general.”

In conclusion, the Prime Minister also congratulated the Armenian national football team on its victory in Yerevan and expressed hope that the solemn ceremony dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Public Television will be stronger marked by the successful game of the Armenian national team.

Afterwards, the Prime Minister and his wife watched the Scotland-Armenia match of the group stage of the UEFA Nations League from the big screen in the backyard of the TV company, which was broadcast on the Public TV.

There is no political crisis in Armenia – FM on ongoing protests

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 17:15, 9 June 2022

YEREVAN, JUNE 9, ARMENPRESS. Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan commented on the ongoing protests in the country, stating that there is no political crisis in Armenia.

During a press conference today with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Mirzoyan told a reporter that he can substantiate his statement by two facts. “Firstly, snap parliamentary elections were held last summer, where the citizens of Armenia gave very clear answers to a number of questions and solved the political crisis that really existed that time. It’s worth noting that these elections were recognized as democratic and transparent by all observer missions. So, this shows that citizens undoubtedly had a chance to express their position and make a decision.

Secondly, we follow, as far as I managed to follow, the small number of people participating in rallies, perhaps, doesn’t show that these rallies are supported by the citizens of Armenia. But I want to note that Armenia is a democratic country, and everyone has a right to hold peaceful rallies”, the FM said.

Touching upon the logical sides of this process, the FM said he could present his own, personal position. “I see some problems with sound judgment here and I can state why. Firstly, that political forces have a chance to run their activity in the parliament and strongly criticize the authorities and ask the sharpest questions, which, unfortunately or fortunately, they do not use. It is their right again.

And secondly, the most important, the content part of the issue: as far as I managed to follow and understand, the forces that organize and participate in the rallies state that Armenia is not running a right policy over Nagorno Karabakh, is not running a right policy in the directions, the negotiations, I already mentioned, with Azerbaijan, and is not running a right policy in the process of normalizing the relations between Armenia and Turkey, and so on.

And here I want to state that strangely we have not seen statements that, if our government resigns, and the power is somehow transmitted to these forces, they are going to cancel, for example, the November 9 trilateral statement, or the trilateral statements of 2021 January 11 and November 26, or they are going to withdraw from the delimitation process, or they are going to suspend the process of unblocking the regional communications, etc. In other words, if such an approach was announced, perhaps it would have been logical, because I have already presented our approach and it has been announced long ago. And I suppose that it would have been logical if these aspiring political forces have had opposite positions on these key matters. As I said, I didn’t manage to follow much, but as far as I managed, I didn’t meet any talk on suspending the processes I mentioned or withdrawing from that processes, which allows me to suppose that the topic that is being discussed is just a way and occasion of manipulation by the opposition”, he said.

Armenpress: Unblocking is important for the development of our trade and economic relations. Russian FM to Armenian President

Unblocking is important for the development of our trade and economic relations. Russian FM to Armenian President

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 20:40, 9 June 2022

YEREVAN, JUNE 9, ARMENPRESS. President of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Khachaturyan received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and his delegation on June 9.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the press service of the President’s Office, welcoming the Russian FM, President Vahagn Kachaturyan said, “I'm glad for the opportunity to meet and welcome you at the Presidential Palace. You are always a welcomed guest for Armenia and the Armenian people. We know very well the role you played in difficult times for Armenia. I am sure that the people of Armenia appreciate your efforts. We live in peace today thanks to your efforts and the efforts of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. I am always guided by the principle that friendship should be valued and cherished. Friendship with a neighboring country should be valued, especially relations with a country with centuries-old ties. In this sense, of course, Russia is in the first place. I am convinced that the reciprocal visits contribute to the development of our relations.

This year is special for us, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations, the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation. The date of this agreement is a bit special for me, as I had the honor to vote in favor of the ratification of this agreement as an MP. That was in 1997. That agreement was very important for Armenia at that time; we reaffirmed our intentions that our future strategic partnership should be with Russia. Thank you again for your visit. It is a great honor for me to meet you and to have the opportunity to discuss issues that are very important for both Armenia and Russia."

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said, “We share your view and desire to develop Russian-Armenian allied relations. Allied relations are mainly related to interstate cooperation, but we actually have human relations, ties that are inseparable, as you mentioned, they are centuries old. This is the best basis for interstate relations.

Thank you for the opportunity to receive us. It is always a great honor for us to communicate with the Armenian leadership, to exchange views on how the agreements are implemented, starting from the major agreement you mentioned, until the latest decisions approved by our states and ratified in our parliaments.

They are already numerous and, in fact, cover all spheres, including economic, military-technical, humanitarian, educational, high-tech spheres. The field of high technologies is close to you and in your previous position you have made a significant contribution to the development of this field and I am sure that you will continue to contribute to the expansion of Armenian-Russian cooperation in this field in the future. It is very important for us.

In general, the issues are related to the whole agenda of our bilateral relations, and of course, to the efforts that are being made today on the Nagorno Karabakh issue, based on the agreements reached by the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and the Prime Minister of Armenia.

There are three packages of agreements, which are maximally precise, aimed at the complete settlement of the situation in this region. We know that it is of special importance for the Armenian people, as the unblocking of transport and economic communications is of great importance for the development of your country, our trade and economic relations, as well as for purely human relations. All this is very useful for our common South Caucasian "home".

Thank you once again”.

The President of Armenia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, touched upon the issues related to the development of the Armenian-Russian allied relations, the situation around Nagorno Karabakh, and regional security.

‘There Can Be No Ambiguity About Armenia’s Sovereignty,’ Lavrov Says in Yerevan

Foreign ministers of Russia and Armenia, Sergei Lavrov (left) and Ararat Mirzoyan during a joint press conference in Yerevan on June 9


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday in Yerevan that the mechanism that will be introduced for the opening of transit routes between Armenia and Azerbaijan are based on the absolute sovereignty of the territory of Armenia.

“As you know, the railway route has been agreed upon, now the agreement on the automobile route is being completed, as well as an agreement over the mechanism that will be instituted is being completed. It will be based absolutely on the sovereignty of the territory of Armenia. There could not be any ambiguity here,” Lavrov said, speaking at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan.

Lavrov is in Armenia to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of Collective Security Treaty Organization, know as the CSTO. Ahead of that meeting on Friday, Lavrov met with Mirzoyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Vahagn Khachatryan. The top Russian diplomat also visited the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.

During the joint press conference, Lavrov said that a final agreement on relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan will be forthcoming, adding that Yerevan and Moscow have similar approaches to the issue.

“In my view, we have a common perception that the process moves forward. Perhaps, it would be desirable for the process to be faster, nevertheless, it is moving forward with substantive, positive, albeit still intermediate results being achieved,” said Lavrov.

“But there is no doubt that there will also be final agreements. We try to contribute to it in every way. Of course, the sides have their own visions, which do not always correspond to one another, especially on how to proceed in the upcoming stage. In any case our partners and us agree that the three agreements are very simple roadmaps that should guide us all,” added Lavrov.

Lavrov said the activities of the Armenia-Russia-Azerbaijan deputy prime ministerial working group dealing with the unblocking of transportation and economic communications in the region have also greatly moved forward. He also added that the commission tasked with addressing the opening of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border will meet in Moscow in the near future.

“Therefore, I am sure that there is no other way than the complete normalization of the relations,” Lavrov said.

The Russian leader also praised efforts to normalize relations between Armenia and Turkey, saying that this process will greatly enhance stability in the region.
“In this context, in our common opinion, it is necessary to ensure the dynamic work of the ‘3 + 3’ regional platform with the participation of the three countries of the South Caucasus and their three neighbors. This is an important additional channel for the formation of dialogue and development of multilateral cooperation between the countries of the region and their neighbors,” Lavrov added.

While welcoming official Ankara’s statements about normalizing relations with Armenia, that include establishing diplomatic relations and opening the border, Mirzoyan, in his turn, voiced concern that Turkish authorities’ attempt to correlate the Turkey-Armenia and Armenia-Azerbaijan issues were not constructive.

“We are seeing differences in approaches in the sense that Turkey constantly announces that this normalization process must take place without any precondition, but we regularly see connection between the Armenia-Turkey normalization process and the Armenia-Azerbaijan processes. A connection that the representatives of Turkey’s leadership are trying to find or highlight on every occasion,” said Mirzoyan. “We do not think that this is constructive.”

Mirzoyan also said that there are also difference in approach as Yerevan has a more nuanced approach toward the pace of the talks. Nevertheless, he said, Armenia welcomes sentiments by Turkey about opening the border with Armenia.