Asbarez: Russia ‘Not Concerned’ about Armenia’s Interests, U.S. Says

CSTO leaders gather in Yerevan for an annual summit on Nov. 23, 2022

The Unites States said Russia is “not concerned” with Armenia’s interests and warned that Moscow cannot be a reliable ally in the South Caucasus.

This latest U.S. posturing was made in response to an inquiry from Voice of America’s Armenian Service regarding the announcement made last week by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about Armenia “freezing” its membership in the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization.

“We respect Armenia’s aspirations as an independent country to continue its chosen security relationship, and we support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries in the region,” the State Department said in a statement.

“Russia is not a reliable and bona fide ally or partner in the South Caucasus or anywhere else. We have seen repeatedly that Russia is not concerned about Armenia’s interests,” the State Department added.

The Kremlin said on Friday that it wants clarifications from Pashinyan about the decision to “freeze” its membership in CSTO.

Pashinyan made the announcement a few days after meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who pledged his country’s continues support to Armenia’s defense sector. A day after that meeting, France’s defense minister Sebastien Lecornu visited Yerevan and signed several more agreements with his Armenian counterpart. Reports also indicated that a new shipment of military equipment from France arrived in Armenia on the same of Lecornu’s visit.

The strengthening of Armenia’s relations with the West has angered not only Moscow, but also Baku.

The Russian foreign ministry has warned Yerevan about its ongoing rapprochement with the EU and the West, saying earlier this month that history has shown that no good comes of such alliances.

Armenian Foreign Minister’s Historic Visit to Türkiye Marks a New Chapter in Diplomacy

Feb 26 2024
Momen Zellmi

As the sun rises over the picturesque city of Antalya, a historic moment unfolds, signifying a potential thaw in the frosty relations between neighboring nations. Ararat Mirzoyan, Armenia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, is set to grace the Antalya Diplomacy Forum from March 1-3, marking a significant gesture of diplomacy towards Türkiye. This visit not only underscores a commitment to dialogue but also sends a powerful message of hope for a future where mutual understanding and cooperation can flourish.

In the labyrinth of international relations, the path towards reconciliation is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. However, Mirzoyan's decision to attend the Antalya Diplomacy Forum is a testament to the resilience of diplomatic efforts. This isn't the first time the Armenian Foreign Minister has participated in the forum, which speaks volumes about the ongoing commitment to engage in meaningful dialogue. The forum provides a unique platform for leaders from various countries to come together, discuss pressing global issues, and explore avenues for cooperation.

The significance of Mirzoyan's visit extends beyond the bilateral relations between Armenia and Türkiye. It unfolds against a backdrop of complex geopolitical dynamics, including recent remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin on US relations and Russia's actions concerning Estonia's Prime Minister over Soviet monuments. These developments highlight the intricate web of international relations and the importance of diplomatic engagement in navigating these challenges. As countries grapple with their histories and seek to forge a path forward, the role of diplomacy in bridging divides and fostering peace becomes increasingly paramount.

While Mirzoyan's visit is a hopeful sign, it also underscores the myriad challenges that lie ahead. The journey towards normalizing relations between Armenia and Türkiye will require not only political will but also a deep commitment to addressing longstanding grievances and building mutual trust. The Antalya Diplomacy Forum offers a rare opportunity for open dialogue, which could pave the way for more substantive discussions in the future. However, the success of these diplomatic endeavors will ultimately depend on the willingness of both parties to engage in a process of genuine reconciliation and cooperation.

As the Antalya Diplomacy Forum draws near, the eyes of the world are on Antalya, watching as history is made. Mirzoyan's visit signifies a beacon of hope for a region long marred by conflict and division. In the intricate dance of diplomacy, every step forward is a victory, and this visit may very well mark the beginning of a new chapter in the relations between Armenia and Türkiye. The path forward is fraught with challenges, but the promise of peace and cooperation offers a compelling reason to persevere. As nations come together in the spirit of dialogue, the possibility of a brighter, more harmonious future emerges, reminding us all of the transformative power of diplomacy.

My kids went to school in Bolivia and Armenia. It was coming back to the US that was hardest for them to adjust.

Business Insider
Feb 25 2024
  • We lived in Bolivia when my kids were in elementary school.
  • By the time they were in middle and upper school we were living in Armenia. 
  • School shootings in the US impacted their mental health. 

My children have had the unique and wonderful opportunity to grow up overseas and attend school in Bolivia and Armenia.

We lived in Bolivia when they were in lower elementary school and Armenia when they were in middle and upper elementary school, respectively.

However, when it came time to move back home to the US, from the outside, what we had been observing was distressing. From extreme political polarization to fears of an economic recession, to most concerning for a family with school-aged children — the rise of school shootings, the idea of returning to the United States and enrolling my now middle and high school-aged children was terrifying.

This fear for my children's safety and relative powerlessness to protect them was further exacerbated by my inability to have good answers to the difficult questions my children were asking me. I knew that to help my children feel safe and more positively embrace the idea of returning to public school in the United States, I had to once again don the hat from my academic roots as a clinically trained social worker and set my mothering hat aside.

It was essential for me to approach these interactions with my children in this way, to be sufficiently mindful of my concerns and fears, which then put me in a better position to listen to my children and distinguish between my reactions and theirs.

The first and best lesson of social work is to listen. I had to listen to the thoughts and fears my children expressed to understand the impact that school shootings were having on them.

Their questions ranged from "Will I be safe?" and "Why are school shootings happening in the United States so often and not as much overseas?" As a parent, they were hard to answer, but after listening and now with greater awareness of my children's specific concerns and feelings, I was prepared and more equipped to engage in deeper discussions.

As a family, we took part in a series of discussions that ran the gamut from bullying and mental health, which centered on the reasons that lead individuals to choose gun violence, to finding ways to use empathy and kindness toward others to identify and potentially intervene in instances of bullying, to understanding the national debate around gun control and school safety, among other topics.

I told them it's normal to be scared

These conversations allowed us a space to put school shootings into greater context for our children and helped them understand how to articulate what they need to feel safe.

Listening to our children through these discussions taught us to accept the sad reality of school shootings in the United States, to embrace that we don't and won't have all the answers and that it is completely reasonable to feel scared and concerned about the possibility of a school shooting happening.

Putting my parenting hat back on to help turn the corner on their valid concerns about returning to the United States, we reassured them that while a familiar occurrence in the United States, school shootings remain rare.

We showed them that most schools, including the ones they are currently enrolled in, have implemented safety and security plans to help reassure them that significant efforts are being made on an ongoing basis to ensure their safety.

Most importantly, by carving out time for these intentional discussions, we created a safe space to share what they are thinking and feeling, and to demonstrate that they are not alone.

Armenia dismisses Azerbaijani claims of border shelling

Baha Breaking News
Feb 24 2024

The Armenian Defense Ministry on Saturday dismissed a statement from Azerbaijan regarding alleged shelling, labeling it as disinformation.

The ministry's press service refuted claims about a reported incident on February 24, where Armenian Armed Forces allegedly fired upon Azerbaijani positions, as untrue. The defense department clarified that on the said date, at approximately 12:30 pm local time, units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces initiated the attack on Armenian positions in the Verin Shorzha region of Gegharkunik, refuting Azerbaijan's version of events.

Notably, the Armenian side did not report any casualties from the incident.

ANN/Armenian News – Calendar of Events – 02/22/2024

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What: “From Artsakh to Armenia and the Current Situation”

      A lecture in Armenian presented by Gev Iskajyan, Dickran Khodanian and William Bairamian

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 7:30pm Pacific time

Where: Crescenta Valley Meher & Satig Der Ohanessian Youth Center

       2633 Honolulu Ave. Montrose, CA 91020

Misc: This presentation will center around the political environment that’s taken place

      in Artsakh since 2020 including the blockade, war, and ethnic cleansing. The assault on

      Artsakh went beyond conventional warfare, leading to widespread atrocities and the

      displacement of its indigenous population. Beyond the immediate military engagements,

      this presentation delves into the subsequent ethnic cleansing that shook the very

      foundations of the region. Key themes include the impact on civilian populations, the 

      destruction of cultural heritage, and the broader geopolitical implications of the conflict.

      The topic will also include a brief overview of the currently dismal political atmosphere

      in Armenia with a retrospective of how we arrived here. Ultimately, it is impossible to 

      understand how today’s tragic circumstances came about and how to prevent it in the 

      future without understanding the causes.

      We invite the greater community to attend this free presentation.

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    Exclusive: Director Andrew Goldberg talks Armenia, My Home, narrated by Andrea Martin for PBS

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    Feb 22 2024
    Emmy Award-winning director and producer Andrew Goldberg shares his journey in telling the stories of Armenia on PBS with host Mellisa Paul for Idaho Today.
     1:15 PM MST

    Armenia, My Home is the latest documentary made for PBS by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg about the reinvigorated Armenia of today with a look back at some of the past. Goldberg's Armenia, My Home is a celebration of rebirth and, for some, a rediscovery by the Armenian diaspora—those people raised here in the USA or Canada who could never find the country of Armenia on their childhood globes or a map. It is a celebration that recalls the nearly 3,000-year-old storied past of the world's first Christian nation surrounded by Iran, Turkey, and Russia, a place where the East and the West blend seamlessly in a culture that has fought and won the forces of war and time. 

    We are taken to the Armenian monastery Khor Virap, the capital city of Yerevan, and revisit the Genocide memorial and more, as the ugly history of Armenia is not glossed over in this film. But it is not the sole focus of this film either. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) carried out one of the largest genocides in the world, killing over one million Armenians—put to death by execution or by deliberate exposure and starvation. To this day, Turkey denies the genocidal intent of these mass murders. 

    The most breathtaking cinematography is a hallmark of this informative documentary that emphasizes the enviable progress of this tiny nation as we remember the history of Armenia. "One day, my father brought a globe of the world, and like every Armenian, the first thing you do is look for Armenia…it was not there! I was so disappointed that I started crying," said Diary Of A Dead Man author Vahe Berberian, recalling a childhood story. 

    Goldberg secured not only revealing interviews by "Armenia, My Home" features prominent voices from the Armenian diaspora including actor Eric Bogosian (HBO's Succession); author Chris Bohjalian (HBO's The Flight Attendant); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Peter Balakian (Black Dog of Fate); journalist Araksya Karapetyan (Good Day LA), author Dawn Anahid Mackeen (The Hundred-Year Walk); Conan O'Brien's assistant Sona Movsesian; and Bishop Mesrop Parsamyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of NY. Additional voices include educator Dottie Bengoian, internationally renowned artist Michael Aram, comedian Vahe Berberian, and scholars Ron Suny and Salpi Ghazarian. 

    Credit: PBS

    The narration colors the deep feelings elicited in this film as Andrea Martin (Only Murders in the Building, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) excels in this capacity. Martin's subtle but poignant delivery underscores the Armenian people's triumphs and resilience as this documentary celebrates the modern-day, independent Armenian Republic and its people there and abroad who yearn to return and see the land for themselves. This program also features interviews with acclaimed scholars such as Samantha Power, Taner Akcam, Halil Berktay, and Israel Charny.

    As mentioned, Goldberg's documentary is peppered with notable Armenian people from all walks of life and a cinematically superb exploration of Armenia's terroir-rich cultural tapestry, all enhanced by anecdotal stories that are both deeply moving and, at times, humorous, like Eric Bogosian's yarn about his grandfather who believed there were 'secret Armenians" everywhere and that handsome actor Cary Grant, was one of them. Goldberg uses archival photographs to accompany these fascinating interviews at a pace that percolates with a vibrant soundtrack.  

    The spectacular aerial and ground views and cultural revelations of Armenia show the most focal Armenian landmark, Mount Ararat, which is inside Turkey's borders today. Ararat is a word and a place so steeped in biblical history that so many Armenian Americans revere; there is the community Goldberg shows us that boasts personalized license plates all across the USA, uniting these first-born Americans to a place they cherish.  

    Today, Armenia is healing and seeing economic reinvigoration but has a way to go for a complete restoration as it once was. According to the social justice website, "Armenia is in the midst of a significant transition following mass antigovernment protests and elections in 2018 that forced out an entrenched political elite…The country continues to be seriously affected by the 2020 conflict with Azerbaijan, which saw several months of fighting over control of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh." [source]

    Tune in: Armenia, My Home begins airing on February 23 on PBS stations.

    Azerbaijan acquires JF-17s from Pakistan; Armenia boosts defense with Indian Akash missiles in fresh tensions

    Feb 22 2024

    In a concerning development, Azerbaijan has finalized the acquisition of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. This move has triggered a response from Armenia, which is enhancing its defense capabilities by procuring Akash Surface-to-Air missiles from India.

    Sanjana Santhosh
    First Published Feb 22, 2024, 7:17 PM IST

    The tensions in the Mediterranean Sea region have started simmering once again as Azerbaijan is preparing a military operation against Armenia for a land grab. The Mediterranean neighbors have complex relations due to disputes in territorial claims on each other's side. Both countries have moved to bolster their defense before the conflict takes the shape of another war.

    Azerbaijan, a key ally of Pakistan has been mulling to purchase JF-17s fighter jets to bolster its air force. According to a report from AzerNews, Pakistan and Azerbaijan have signed a $1.6 billion deal for JF-17 block III fighter jets. The export deal is the biggest one in the history of Pakistan.

    The news comes as a welcoming development for Pakistan which hardly exports to other countries and is going through a financial crisis. The jets are likely to be made in the Aircraft Rebuild Factory (ARF) in Kamra by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

    Armenia has also made its move to bolster its skies from the Azerbaijan fighter jets. The Mediterranean nation signed a historic deal worth ₹6,000 crore ($820 million) for India's Akash Surface to Air missile system. The deal was reported in December 2023 and the delivery will commence soon by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

    India and Armenian relations have grown significantly after the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2020. India has been supplying Air defense systems to Armenia which has facilitated restrainment from the Azerbaijan side. The tensions are simmering once again after Armenia claimed that Azerbaijan is preparing another ground assault.

    Armenia says Azerbaijan killed 4 soldiers, amid peace talks

    DW – Deutsche Welle
    Germany – Feb 13 2024
    13 hours ago13 hours ago

    Both countries' defense ministries are blaming each other for the deadly cross-border exchange. It is the most serious incident since they renewed their attempts at peace.

    Armenia, on Tuesday, said four of its soldiers have been killed along the nation's heavily guarded border by Azerbaijani forces, even as the countries are involved in peace talks to end a 30-year-long conflict.

    "Four were killed and one injured as a result of fire on Armenian positions from Azerbaijani troops," the Armenian defence ministry said in a statement.

    Azerbaijan's border service responded to the statement, saying it had staged a "revenge operation" in retaliation for a "provocation" Armenian forces had committed the day before. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Armenian forces had fired at Baku's positions along a northwestern section of the border.

    Armenia has denied these claims.

    The Kremlin on Tuesday called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to exercise restraint following the latest incident.

    Russia — formally allied to Armenia but also has ties with Azerbaijan — has a contingent of peacekeepers deployed in the region, and its border guards patrol Armenia's frontiers.

    Yerevan and Baku have fought two wars and seen three decades of conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    In September 2023, Azerbaijan reclaimed the disputed region in a lightning offensive against Armenian separatists who had controlled it since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It prompted a rapid exodus of almost all of the territory's Armenian inhabitants.

    Both countries have since been part of renewed attempts at peace. However, the talks have stagnated lately with both countries accusing each other of sabotaging diplomatic efforts. 

    Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 16-02-24


    YEREVAN, 16 FEBUARY, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 16 February, USD exchange rate up by 0.17 drams to 404.42 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 1.48 drams to 435.48 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate down by 0.03 drams to 4.36 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 1.42 drams to 509.08 drams.

    The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.

    Gold price up by 257.25 drams to 26057.47 drams. Silver price up by 7.14 drams to 294.18 drams.

    Russia has obtained a ‘troubling’ emerging anti-satellite weapon, the White House says


    YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 16, ARMENPRESS. The White House publicly confirmed on Thursday that Russia has obtained a “troubling” emerging anti-satellite weapon but said it cannot directly cause “physical destruction” on Earth, AP reported citing the Biden administration’s national security spokesman.

    White House national security spokesman John Kirby said U.S. intelligence officials have information that Russia has obtained the capability but that such a weapon is not currently operational.

    “First this is not an active capability that’s been deployed and though Russia’s pursuit of this particular capability is troubling, there is no immediate threat to anyone’s safety,” Kirby said. “We’re not talking about a weapon that can be used to attack human beings or cause physical destruction here on Earth.’’

    The White House confirmed its intelligence after a vague warning Wednesday from the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee, Ohio Rep. Mike Turner, who urged the Biden administration to declassify information about what he called a serious national security threat.

    Kirby said that the process of reviewing and declassifying aspects of the Russian capability was underway when Turner “regrettably” released his statement.

    “We have been very careful and deliberate about what we decide to declassify downgrade and share with the public,” he added.

    Russia has downplayed the U.S. concern about the capability.

    In Moscow, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov described the claims about a new Russian military capability as a ruse intended to make the U.S. Congress support aid for Ukraine.

    “It’s obvious that Washington is trying to force Congress to vote on the aid bill by hook or by crook,” Peskov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies. “Let’s see what ruse the White House will use.”

    Kirby said the capability is space based and would violate the international Outer Space Treaty, which more than 130 countries have signed onto, including Russia.