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Two Armenian women killed in Almelo stabbing incident

Two ARmenian women – Maral Dermovsesian and Zonund Kardanakyan – were killed in a stabbing incident in Almelo, the Netherlands. Both were members of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).

NL Times reported that two people were killed and another was hurt in a stabbing incident in Almelo on Friday morning. The suspected perpetrator, a 28-year-old man from Almelo, was injured during his arrest.

“AGBU Holland lost two of the most active women members through a heinous stabbing crime. We lost two of our dear ones who served AGBU for years tirelessly. They are the board member and chairperson of Women’sCommittee Mrs. Maral Dermovesian, and Mrs. Zonund Kardanakian member of Women’s Committee, If we want to write about the late Maral, we may need pages and not through some words, in summary, she was the flower of our community, we pray to the Lord to Rest both In Peace and to their family members patience and strength in this terrible moments,” AGBU Holland said in a statement.

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Iran expects Armenia to build alternative to road blocked by Azerbaijan

Iran expects Armenia to build alternative to road blocked by Azerbaijan

September 20, 2021 – 17:22 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Iran expects Armenia to build an alternative road through Goris as soon as possible to replace the one recently blocked by the Azerbaijanis, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic to Yerevan Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri said on Monday, September 20.

Zohouri reminded that after the 44-day war in Karabakh, a trilateral statement was signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, and although some sections of said road went under Azerbaijan’s control, the sides did agree on the unhindered movement of transport along the road.

“Now, the Azerbaijani police and border guards deployed on some sections of the Goris-Kapan road have been stopping drivers transporting Iranian goods to Armenia for several days, and they are collecting money from Iranian drivers as customs duty. Azerbaijan charges road taxes for each entry and exit of foreign vehicles,” the ambassador said.

According to him, the Iranian side, including the embassy, is making efforts to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

“Before that, we expect from the Armenian government that an alternative route to Syunik will be built as soon as possible. We are talking about the road through Tatev, so that Iranian drivers can transport cargo in safe conditions,” the ambassador said.

On September 12, the National Security Service of Armenia confirmed that the Azerbaijani police were stopping Iranian trucks on said road, checking their documents and inspecting the cargo. According to reports, Azerbaijanis also demand up to $250 from Iranian drivers. Azerbaijan’s Interior Ministry, meanwhile, has confirmed the detention of Iranian drivers, accusing them of transporting goods to Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital.

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Official: Armenia has no contacts with Turkey "at the moment"

Official: Armenia has no contacts with Turkey

September 20, 2021 – 16:18 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Press Secretary of the Prime Minister of Armenia Mane Gevorgyan on Monday, September 20 commented on the remarks of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has arrange a meeting.

Gevorgyan told Armenpress that Pashinyan outlined his views on starting a conversation with Turkey during a recent Q&A session in parliament, stating that high-level contacts should only follow working discussions, and that he has also detailed his vision to international partners.

“At the moment, there have been no contacts between the officials of Armenia and Turkey, although the Armenian government is ready for such communication. In the event of effective work, Armenia will be ready for meetings at both high and the highest levels,” Gevorgyan was quoted as saying.

Erdogan said earlier that Garibashvili has passed on to him Pashinyan’s proposal to meet. Erdogan said his country was ready for talks with Armenia but added Yerevan needed to “take steps” toward opening a transport link through its territory, connecting Nakhijevan to the rest of Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani side has on multiple occasions spoken about a so-called “corridor” through the southern Armenian province of Syunik that would connect Nakhijevan to the rest of Azerbaijan. The Armenian side, however, has repeatedly denied being involved in negotiations for the provision of a corridor to Azerbaijan, stressing that they have only agreed to unblock transport communications in the region.

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Pashinyan congratulates Putin on victory in State Duma elections

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the victory of the United Russia Party in the State Duma elections. The message states:

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich,

Please accept my sincere congratulations on the convincing victory of the United Russia party in the State Duma elections in the Russian Federation. The results of the elections show the support of Russian citizens for the political course pursued by the country’s political leadership.

I wish you to implement all the ideas and projects for the sake of prosperity and well-being of the Russian people.

I am confident that the close cooperation of the newly elected National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and the newly convened State Duma will make a significant contribution to the promotion of the Armenian-Russian allied relations.”

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party looks set for another big win in the country’s parliamentary elections, despite a drop in support.

Initial results showed that with 90% of votes counted, United Russia had won nearly 50%, followed by the Communist Party with about 20%.

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Armenia interested in unblocking of regional communications: PM Pashinyan receives Russian Deputy PM

Armenia is interested in the unblocking of regional communications, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a meeting with Russian Deputy prime Minister Alexey Overchuk.

According to him, Armenia sees it as an opportunity to overcome the blockade of the past 25 years. “We hope that concrete decisions will be taken during the joint work,” he added.

PM Pashinyan expressed gratitude to Mr. Overchuk for organizing the meetings of the trilateral working group co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Ministers of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan at the highest level.

“It is very possible for us to finally get a railway connection with Russia, which will open new opportunities for the development of our economy and our integration into the Eurasian Economic Union. This will make our membership in the Eurasian Economic Union even more effective,” he said.

Alexey Overchuk, in turn, hailed the organization of the Armenian-Russian Business Forum in Yerevan, which provides an opportunity to deepen the existing ties and established new ones.

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Galaxy Group of Companies celebrates 22nd anniversary

Galaxy Group of Companies celebrates 22nd anniversary

September 20, 2021 – 13:22 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Galaxy Group of Companies is 22 years old. One of the first and largest conglomerates in Armenia, with 2,500 employees in 15 companies, celebrated its 22nd anniversary in the concert hall of the Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, by expressing its gratitude to the group’s staff, partners and supporters for being united and strong.

At the evening devoted to the expression of gratitude, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Harutyun Arzumanyan) performed a special program composed for the Galaxy for the first time, i.e. the best rock songs of all time adapted for classical music. The State National Academic Choir of Armenia (Artistic Director: Hovhannes Chekijian, People’s Artist of the USSR, National Hero of Armenia) performed at the concert.

“Today’s significance is indescribably great for us. It is not a secret that 2020 was one of the most difficult years for our country and for Galaxy. But with the efforts, principles and unity of the team, today we are able to shape the agenda of 2022, where “Galaxy” with its 15 companies can and should continue to play a significant role in the economic development of our country, provide hope and faith to thousands of families in the “Galaxy” community to live and create in Armenia»,- said Aram Khachatryan, co-founder and CEO of the Galaxy Group of Companies.

Today, the Galaxy Group of Companies enters every third household in Armenia with the products and services of its member companies. 22 years, 15 companies, 3 countries, 200 local and international partnerships and a base of 1.2 million customers. These are not just numbers, but the result of hard work that marks and celebrates the conglomerate. On this occasion, during the evening, the message of the founders of the Galaxy Group of Companies, Aram Khachatryan, Gurgen Khachatryan and Artyom Khachatryan, was presented, which referred to 2022 development programs. The founders thanked the teams and partners for remaining steadfast, for not hesitating a minute, for being united and strong. As a conclusion, the premiere of the 2022 Galaxy video address took place in the concert hall, reflecting the importance of volitional progress.

It should be noted that more than 1000 guests attended the event, including the employees of companies of Galaxy Group, also from the Georgian and Belarusian offices, international and local business partners, representatives of international organizations, heads of dozens of diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia, and others.

The Galaxy Group of Companies is one of the largest employers and taxpayers in Armenia. As a responsible business, in 2020 more than AMD 11,5 billion (more than USD 22 million) was transferred to the RA budget in the form of tax payments. Purchases from the local market amounted to about USD 36 million. At present, the Galaxy Group of Companies has about 2500 employees, the average monthly salary in the group has been AMD 364,716 and income tax of more than AMD 2 billion was transferred to the State Budget.

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Armenia to produce Sputnik Light vaccines

Armenia to produce Sputnik Light vaccines

September 20, 2021 – 14:38 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetArmenia will start producing Sputnik Light vaccines, Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan told a forum on Armenian-Russian economic cooperation on Monday, September 20, Armenpress reports.

Grigoryan delivered remarks at the event, thanking Russia for its support in combatting the spread of the coronavirus.

“Several batches of Sputnik V vaccine have been acquired through the Russian Direct Investment Fund, and a technological transfer process has been organized for the production of Sputnik Light vaccine in Armenia,” Grigoryan said.

Armenia is currently using AstraZeneca, Sputnik-V, Sinopharm and CoronaVac vaccines to inoculate people aged above 18. The vaccination program rolled out across the country in mid-April, with health authorities also setting up mobile vaccination facilities near shopping malls and on major streets in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

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Production of Sputnik Light vaccine launched in Armenia

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, the Armenian Ministry of Economy and the leading Armenian pharmaceutical company in Armenia, Liqvor Pharmaceuticals have announced the launching of production of Sputnik Light vaccine in Armenia.

“Sputnik Light” is the first component (recombinant adenovirus serotype 26 (Ad26) ) of Sputnik V vaccine. Preparation, produced in Armenia, will be used for vaccination of the population against coronavirus. The vaccine produced in Armenia will be used for vaccination of the population against coronavirus.

Sputnik Light was approved for use in Armenia on September 6 this year. In February 2021, the country also approved the use of the two-component vaccine Sputnik V.

Sputnik Light demonstrates high safety and efficacy in the course of vaccination of the population in a number of countries.

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Armenia reports daily Covid-19 cases of 342

Armenia reports daily Covid-19 cases of 342

September 20, 2021 – 13:44 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Armenia grew by 342 to reach 253,942 on Monday, September 20 morning, according to information provided by the Health Ministry. The number of daily cases last surpassed 1000 in April.

Fresh figures also revealed that 490 more people recovered, 12 patients died from Covid-19, while one person carrying the virus died from other causes in the past 24 hours.

A total of 4025 tests have been performed in the past day, the National Center For Disease Control and Prevention said.

So far, 236,578 people have recovered, 5143 have died from the coronavirus in the country, while 1192 others carrying the virus have died from other causes.

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No contacts between Armenian and Turkish officials so far – PM’s Spokesperson

At the moment, no contacts have taken place between Armenian and Turkish officials, although the Armenian government is ready for such contacts, RA Prime Minister’s spokeswoman Mane Gevorgyan told Public Radio of Armenia. She referred to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan offered to meet with him through Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

“In all his international contacts, Prime Minister Pashinyan presents to his colleagues the vision of opening an era of peaceful development for Armenia and the region enshrined in the government’s program and expresses the readiness of the Armenian government to make efforts in that direction. The Prime Minister spoke about his vision for the start of talks with Turkey during a recent question-and-answer session with the National Assembly, saying that he believes that high-level contacts should be preceded by working discussions and shares this vision with international partners. There has been no contact between Armenian and Turkish officials so far, although the Armenian government is ready for such contacts. In case of such effective work, Armenia will be ready for high-level meetings as well,” Pashinyan said.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the Turkish President again spoke about the issue of opening a corridor through Armenia, saying that it was a political issue.

In this connection, Mane Gevorgyan said: “Prime Minister Pashinyan has spoken about it on many occasions. Armenia attaches importance to the accurate implementation of the agreements set out in the November 9 and January 11 statements. The opening of communications is extremely important for the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the region, overcoming the atmosphere of painful hostility in the region, and Armenia is determined to move in that direction and achieve results. In some statements, the topic of reopening communications is transformed and gets the logic of maintaining regional isolation.”

“Such is the talk about the corridors, which contradicts the logic of establishing peace and stability in the region, overcoming the atmosphere of hostility. It not only aims to isolate the states and peoples of the region, but also to make that isolation look irreversible. But there are also ways to open up regional communications that emphasize regional interconnectedness and can be a real way to overcome the hostility step by step. The Armenian government is in favor of such an option and that option is described in paragraph 9 of the November 9 trilateral statement and in the January 11 trilateral statement,” the Spokesperson noted.

Speaking about the perspectives of opening an era of peaceful development in the current conditions, Gevorgyan said: “Unfortunately, events taking place every day aim at delegitimizing the peace agenda, not only deepening the atmosphere of hostility but also making it more systematic. These and other steps are being taken to demonstrate the impossibility of peace in our region, but the Armenian government will consistently advance that agenda, using all opportunities to open an era of peace for our region and creating new opportunities. Prime Minister Pashinyan has repeatedly stated that we need strong nerves on this path and that there are no quick and easy solutions.”

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