Precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals named top Armenian exports

 14:44, 7 November 2023

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 7, ARMENPRESS. Armenia exported goods worth 5 billion 120 million 624,3 thousand dollars in January-September 2023 – a 44,8% growth compared to the same nine months of 2022, according to data released by the Statistical Committee.

Precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals and related items comprised most of the exported goods. Russia was still Armenia’s biggest export market in the reporting period.

Exports to Eurasian Economic Union countries grew 87% and amounted to 2 billion 793 million 730,3 thousand dollars. Exports to EU countries dropped 5,1%, amounting to 575 million 511,9 thousand dollars.

Most of the exports – over 2 billion 645 million dollars – went to Russia (85% growth).

The UAE continues to be the second top export destination, with exports growing more than twice and amounting to 665 million 462,6 thousand dollars. Exports to the third top destination, China, amounted to 322 million 566,6 thousand dollars (19,9% growth).

The largest export destination in the EU for Armenian goods is Netherlands (33,8% growth – 218 million 716,6 thousand dollars). Exports to Romania grew over 26 times, exports to Greece grew more than 4 times, and exports to Slovakia grew over twice.

Most of the Armenian exports – worth 1 billion 104 million 251,8 thousand dollars – were precious and semi-precious stones, precious metals and goods made of precious and semi-precious stones and precious metals. (84,9% growth).

The second top exported goods in the reporting period were vehicles, equipment and machinery – with exports growing over twice and amounting to 898 million 882,3 thousand dollars.

Despite a 12,7% decrease in exports of mineral products it is still the third top exported product (685 million 425,4 thousand dollars).

Food products worth 633 million 984,7 thousand dollars were also exported in the reporting period.

Young European Socialists condemn Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of Artsakh

Sarineh Abrahamian, a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) and vice president of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY), actively participated in the Young European Socialists’ (YES) Congress held in Barcelona, Spain from October 20-23, 2023. This gathering represents the pinnacle of the organization’s activities involving the submission of comprehensive progress reports, the adoption of resolutions that shape the organization’s policies and the election of new leadership.

During the meeting, spurred by the initiative of the Young Socialists of France and with the support of the Social Democratic Youth Organization of Germany, a pivotal resolution was proposed. The resolution fervently condemns the ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Azerbaijan against the Armenian population of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). It calls upon international courts to conduct thorough investigations into all those accountable for war crimes and advocates for their stringent prosecution. Additionally, it impels the leadership of the European Union to reevaluate its relations with the Azerbaijani dictator Ilham Aliyev.

Furthermore, the resolution calls for expedited and more efficient humanitarian aid for refugees from Artsakh, while also urging the European Union and its member states to support Armenia in safeguarding its borders, which face threats from Azerbaijan. The Young Socialists of Europe express their deep concern for the imperiled historical and cultural heritage of Artsakh. They staunchly defend the inalienable right of the people of Artsakh to return to their homeland and lead dignified, secure lives there. 

The full text of the resolution is available here, and you can watch Abrahamian delivering her remarks here.

This resolution garnered unanimous approval, with European delegations demonstrating strong support.

ARF member and vice president of the International Union of Socialist Youth Sarineh Abrahamian delivers powerful remarks at the YES Congress in Barcelona, Spain

During the plenary session, Abrahamian underscored the significance of the resolution, extending gratitude to her French and German colleagues for their unwavering dedication. Abrahamian also addressed the notable oversights of the leadership of the European Union, Russia and the United States regarding the Artsakh crisis. She urged concrete steps towards its resolution, specifically emphasizing the right of Artsakh Armenians to return to their ancestral lands and the recognition of Artsakh’s right to self-determination.

Additionally, the ARF representative emphasized that Armenians must not solely place blame on the international community but rather endeavor to establish robust leadership. Abrahamian pointed out that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has been suppressing dissenting voices and curbing opposition, while the European Union legitimizes his manipulative autocracy and undemocratic actions.

Yeremyan Projects launches first regional livestock complex in Tashir community with financial support of EDB


YEREVAN, OCTOBER 30, ARMENPRESS. On October 28, in the Tashir community of Armenia's Lori Province, a momentous event marked the official opening of the first-of-its-kind and unique livestock complex by "Yeremyan Projects.”

Distinguished guests at the opening ceremony included representatives from the RA government, the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), partner organizations, and the team of "Yeremyan Projects."

This major investment project was launched in 2022, following the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Government of Armenia, the Eurasian Development Bank, and “Yeremyan Farm.” The memorandum's primary objective was to ensure food security and sustainable economic development in Armenia's agro-industry sector.

Under the terms of the memorandum, the program’s total budget amounted to 43.5 million US dollars.

Within the framework of this investment project, approximately 300 hectares of arable land were acquired in the Tashir community, and approximately 70,000 square meters of infrastructure were constructed and furnished in a 32-hectare area. The construction works lasted for 14 months.

The livestock complex comprises a cattle-breeding farm, featuring 2 buildings of livestock barns for 1500 animals providing 40-45 liters of milk per day, a rotary automated milking parlor, feed crushing machine and feed warehouse, a parking area for agricultural machinery, a spacious hay warehouse, silage, and manure disposal wells. The pig farm of the livestock complex, intended for 560-580 sows which will annually produce 17000 animals, has 3 livestock barns, a feed crushing machine and feed warehouse, and manure disposal wells.             The slaughterhouse, still under construction, is designed for the slaughter of 50 pigs and 10 cattle at once. Administrative buildings accompany each unit, including comfortable and modernly equipped offices, spacious meeting halls, individual offices, and a kitchen.

The construction works are almost done in the factory in Yerevan, where dairy and meat products will be processed. Currently, equipment installation and renovations for auxiliary spaces are ongoing, with completion expected by the end of the year.

This investment project is being implemented with financial support from the Eurasian Development Bank and the RA government, which has partially subsidized this program’s investment costs under the “Support for Investment Projects Implemented in the RA Livestock Sector” project.

“The government values the importance of the implementation of large investment projects in the Republic of Armenia, which aim at contributing to ensuring food security and sustainable economic growth in the agro-industry sector. It is especially gratifying when these initiatives are carried out through partnerships between the public and private sectors․ On behalf of the Ministry of Economy, I want to express our strong commitment to providing as much support as possible for the successful implementation of such major endeavors. I am confident that this farm, equipped with top-quality, cutting-edge equipment, will serve as an excellent model for both large and small farming companies, showcasing best practices in high-productivity agriculture," emphasized Vahan Kerobyan, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia.

“This project by ‘Yeremyan Projects’ represents a significant contribution to ensuring food security and the development of the agro-industrial complex, and we are pleased to be a part of it. In the current strategic period, EDB is paying special attention to projects implemented in the Republic of Armenia. Over the past year, in addition to the agro-industrial complex, we have managed to substantially increase our portfolio in vital sectors of the country, such as energy and industry. The Republic of Armenia has been a member of EDB since 2009, and during these years, 24 projects with a total cost of approximately $506 million were implemented here, including six in 2022 and 2023, with a total value of $127 million," emphasized Nikolay Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board of EDB.

Davit Yeremyan emphasized the unprecedented nature of this project for both Armenia and the industry. He stated, “Within the framework of this program, “Yeremyan Projects” invests in two regions of Armenia: a modern milk processing plant is under construction in Yerevan, and a livestock complex has been built in Tashir community of the Lori Province. I have always maintained that this project is a matter of personal pride, as well as for the “Yeremyan Projects”. I am elated and proud that we have upheld this honor and now present to you a unique livestock complex, not only in Armenia but also in the region. With this program, we have taken on the tremendous responsibility of fostering a new culture of modern animal husbandry, dairy production, and dairy consumption in Armenia. And today, as a result of this program, featuring state-of-the-art farms of this magnitude and quality, equipped with advanced technology, we can confidently assert that we have successfully achieved our mission. First and foremost, such farm management addresses the critical issue of food security, which was one of our primary objectives.”

The complex will operate as a closed chain, ensuring the production, supply, and consumption of high-quality milk and dairy products.

This program has significantly contributed to employment in the province, with the local population of Lori Province constituting the primary workforce during the construction phase. The operation of the livestock complex is anticipated to create up to 120 jobs.



At the end of 2021, EDB adopted the 2022-2026 development strategy in the Republic of Armenia, one of the key priorities of which is enhancing food security by increasing the productivity of agro-industrial complexes and reducing the country's reliance on imported essential food products. Another priority of the strategy is the expansion of the mega-project of the Eurasian product distribution network, promoting the development of food logistics and commercial activities for small and medium-sized enterprises.


The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial organization engaged in investment activities across the Eurasian region. For 15 years, the EDB has played a crucial role in strengthening and expanding economic ties and fostering comprehensive development in its member countries, including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. The authorized capital of EDB is 7 billion US dollars, with a substantial portion of its portfolio dedicated to projects with integration benefits in various fields, such as transport infrastructure, digital systems, green energy, agriculture, industry, and engineering. The bank adheres to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ESG principles in its operations.



“Yeremyan Projects” Group of Companies is one of the leaders in the food service industry, restaurant business, service, vocational education, agriculture, and food manufacturing in Armenia, Over its 15-year history, the company has conceived and executed more than a dozen bold, unique, and visionary projects, significantly contributing to the development of the restaurant industry and agriculture in Armenia. To ensure a closed cycle of activities, the Company has been implementing a new business development strategy based on the "From Seeds to Table" concept since 2019, establishing a breeding cattle farm in Vayots Dzor, a pig-breeding farm in the Tavush Region, a fodder mill in the Ararat Region, and the Artsakh kitchen factory in Yerevan. “Yeremyan Projects” encompasses renowned restaurant brands, including "Renommée," representing signature haute cuisine, "Burgery Angus & More," Italian "Casa Nostra," "Livingston," offering haute cuisine, "Lavash" and "Sherep" conceptual restaurants, the "Smoking Chef" steakhouse, "Tavern Yerevan," "Tavern Yerevan riverside," the fast food chain "Yerevani Shaurma," and "Seasons" projects: the restaurant, the cafe, the sweetland, and the ice cream parlor. "Yeremyan Projects" Group of Companies also features "Yeremyan Delivery" service, "Yeremyan Products" dairy factory, "Yeremyan Farm," comprising agricultural projects, and the Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, which provides training and knowledge enrichment for beginners and specialists in the field. The Academy's educational programs are approved and certified by its exclusive partner, Group City of Oxford College.

U23 World Wrestling Championship: Armenia’s Manvel Khndzrtsyan wins bronze medal

 20:50, 24 October 2023

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 24, ARMENPRESS.  The representative of Armenia, Mezhlum Mezhlumyan (61 kg) won a bronze medal at the European U23 freestyle wrestling championship held in Bucharest, the capital of Romania,.

Armenia’s Manvel Khndzrtsyan has reached the final, and Sergey Sargsyan will compete for the bronze medal.

The fights will take place on October 25.

Montenegrin PM lauds Georgian counterpart for bringing together Armenian, Azerbaijani PMs to Silk Road Forum

AGENDA, Georgia
Oct 26 2023

Dritan Abazović, the Prime Minister of Montenegro, on Thursday congratulated his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili for bringing together the Prime Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia at the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum. 

In his comments at the event, Abazović highlighted similarities between his country and Georgia by saying “we also try to act as a bridge to connect our neighbours”. 

I am from Montenegro and my country is very similar to Georgia in many aspects. We are a country located in the Western Balkans, and like Georgia, we also try to play the role of a bridge, to connect our neighbours to each other, to connect people to each other”, Abazović told the audience.

“I would especially like to congratulate [Garibashvili], because he has brought together here today two of our counterparts, my friends, the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, as well as the Prime Minister of Armenia, two countries that are friends of Montenegro”, he told the event.

This is a great opportunity to talk about important projects that are important for the future of this region and are also important for both Europe and Asia”, the visiting official continued.

Abazović also stressed the importance of “how big an idea is”, as opposed to the size of countries, in the modern global environment in his comments.

Azerbaijan captures Russian-made electronic warfare systems in Karabakh

Defence Blog
Oct 19 2023

Azerbaijan has captured Russian-made advanced electronic warfare (EW) systems in the Karabakh region.

Azerbaijani forces have seized the modern Russian-made Repellent-1 electronic warfare system and the Pole-21M jamming system from Armenia-backed disbanded Karabakh forces.

The Repellent-1 EW system, known for its advanced capabilities, was a primary “gift.” This system is designed to detect and jam enemy electronic communication and radar signals.

The Pole-21M jamming system, another piece of high-tech equipment, is now in Azerbaijani hands. This system is designed to disrupt enemy communications, with a particular focus on radio and satellite signals.

The capture of these electronic warfare systems is a significant achievement for Azerbaijani forces. The Repellent-1 EW system and the Pole-21M jamming system are state-of-the-art tools, often used to disrupt enemy communication and radar systems. Their primary objective was countering Turkish-made Bayractar TB-2 drones.

Nagorno-Karabakh was at the center of a longstanding territorial dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which led to two wars over the mountainous region predominantly inhabited by Armenians. However, a recent, swift military campaign allowed Azerbaijan to achieve an absolute victory and regain full control over the entire region.

With the Russian Cat Away, the Azerbaijani Mouse Starts To Play

The Sun, NY
Oct 9 2023

Its scheme is to build a road and rail corridor of 40 miles through the mountains of Armenia in hopes of fulfilling a pan-Turkic dream.


With Russia in retreat in its southern neighborhood, Western nations are trying to prevent Muslim Azerbaijan from moving into the power vacuum and settling scores with Christian Armenia. Azerbaijan is flush with a victory two weeks ago that ended a 35-year-old separatist “republic” of Armenians.

Now Azerbaijan may be planning to power through Armenia’s southernmost province, aiming to open a road and rail “corridor” to an Azeri exclave — and on to Turkey. By bridging this 40-mile gap through Armenia’s mountains, Azerbaijan’s military could fulfill a ‘pan-Turkic’ dream.

That is the dream of joining Turkey with the 70 million inhabitants of Azerbaijan and Central Asia’s four Turkic-speaking nations: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. “The corridor that is going to pass through here is going to unite the whole Turkic world,” Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, says. 


That is the assurance he gave President Erdoğan on a visit two years ago to the Azerbaijan border region where the international route would start. Since then, Mr. Aliyev, an autocrat, has ratcheted up crowd-pleasing irredentist rhetoric, provocatively referring to Armenia as “Western Azerbaijan.”

In this “might makes right” era in the southern Caucasus, Azerbaijan is the 1,000-pound gorilla. After Mr. Aliyev’s father, Heydar Aliyev, lost a six-year war to Armenia in 1994, Ilham Aliyev embarked on an arms buying spree. Russia and Israel sold billions of dollars of tanks, drones and artillery cannons to oil-rich Azerbaijan.

In one recent year, Azerbaijan’s defense budget was the size of Armenia’s GDP. For shorthand, Azerbaijan has three times the population, three times the economy, and three times the military of Armenia. When a revenge match came in 2020, Azerbaijan defeated Armenia in 44 days.


President Putin signed an ensuing ceasefire and dispatched 2,000 peacekeepers. Last month, though, Azerbaijan brushed Russia aside and took over the Armenian separatist area in 24 hours. Now, with Russia distracted by Ukraine, Armenians fear that America and Europe will fail to move strongly enough to head off Azeri attacks on Armenia proper.

“My concern is that Azerbaijan will keep going, and try to get southern Armenia for the so-called land corridor,” the director of the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan, Richard Giragosian, tells the Sun. “The breakthrough was the arrival of the first Western officials.”

On Tuesday, the French foreign minister, Catherine Colonna, flew from Ukraine to meet with officials in Yerevan. At a press conference, she said: “France has agreed on future contracts with Armenia which will allow the delivery of military equipment to Armenia so that it can ensure its defense.”


Perhaps addressing France’s 500,000 voters of Armenian origin, she vowed: “France will be vigilant regarding the territorial integrity of Armenia.” From the United States, where the Armenian diaspora is estimated to be 1,000,000, the American foreign aid administrator, Samantha Power, came to Yerevan and delivered a letter from President Biden to Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan. 

Mr. Biden promised “the strong support of the United States and my Administration for Armenia’s pursuit of a dignified and durable regional peace that maintains your sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and democracy.”

Yet Azerbaijan’s leadership, bolstered by oil and gas revenues, has a history of ignoring American, European, and Russian warnings. Last year, the EU signed a deal with Baku to double gas imports over the next five years.

Russia depends on Baku to duck energy sanctions and ‘launder’ Russian gas through an Azerbaijan-Turkey pipeline. Armenia depends on Russia for 40 percent of its exports and 90 percent of its energy supplies. Washington cultivates Azerbaijan, the only country that borders Russia and Iran, two adversaries of the United States.

On September 14 in Washington, the acting assistant state secretary for Europe and Eurasia, Yuri Kim, testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that Secretary Blinken’s “leadership has yielded results” and that Armenia and Azerbaijan had made “progress on a peace agreement that could stabilize the region.”

Mr. Kim warned that America “will not countenance any action or effort — short term or long term — to ethnically cleanse or commit other atrocities against the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. …We have also made it abundantly clear that the use of force is not acceptable.”

Five days later, Azerbaijan attacked Nagorno-Karabakh. In response, almost all of the 120,000 Armenians in the separatist region fled to Armenia. One week after the attack, Mr. Aliyev met with Mr. Erdogan in Nakhchivan, the Azerbaijani exclave sandwiched between Armenia and eastern Turkey. The two studied maps for a cross-Armenia corridor.

On Thursday, the Azerbaijani leader snubbed 40 European leaders and backed out of a planned meeting in Granada, Spain with his Armenian counterpart, Mr.Pashinyan. Mr. Aliyev skipped the meeting alleging that Europe is pro-Armenian and complaining that Mr. Erdogan was not invited.

Undeterred, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, invited the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders to Brussels by the end of this month to resume talks on a peace treaty.

Mr. Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Mr. Pashinyan in Granada.

The two European leaders declared their “unwavering support to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders of Armenia.” Earlier, at the United Nations, the German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, said: “Baku broke its repeated assurances to refrain from the use of force, causing tremendous suffering to a population already in dire straits.”

In Brussels, the European Parliament passed a resolution accusing Baku of “ethnic cleansing” and urging the EU to impose sanctions on Azerbaijani officials responsible for violating the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The European statements reflect widespread fears that Azerbaijan may launch another military assault. Last week in Brussels, the Armenian envoy to the EU, Tigran Balayan, told Reuters:  “It’s not only the opinion of the Armenian government, but also of many experts  — also some of the EU member states — that an attack on Armenia proper is imminent.”

After the 2020 ceasefire, Azerbaijan conducted a series of military testing operations, sending troops across the border to seize and hold a total of 50 square miles of Armenian land.

“There is a long history of Azerbaijan saying that this area was granted to Armenia unfairly,” an Armenian-born political scientist at Lehigh University, Arman Grigoryan, tells the Sun. “There is a lot of this irredentist talk at the semi-official level. If a country has the capability, if a diplomatic solution is not found, it may move.”


Mr. Brooke has traveled to about 100 countries reporting for the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Voice of America. He reported from Russia for eight years and from Ukraine for six years, coming home in 2021.

Student of “Quantum” college wins World Applied Chemistry Olympiad

 20:12, 4 October 2023

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 4, ARMENPRESS. The World Applied Chemistry Olympiad (WAChO) was held in Indonesia from September 28 to October 1, in which Armenia participated for the first time.

As the press service of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sportsinformed "Armenpress", Armenia was represented by Kamuni Abrahamyan, a 12th grade student of “Quantum” college. Kamuni Abrahamyan was awarded a gold medal as a result of performing test and research works.

As mentioned, 92 representatives from 9 countries participated in the Olympiad. The participants were selected as a result of conducting two online Olympiads. 

The official website of the Olympiad: