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Emails underscore UK role in Armenian mining dispute

On coming to power in May 2018, protest leader Nikol Pashinyan ordered inspections in Armenia’s mining industry. Pashinyan subsequently appointed a new head to the country’s official mining and environmental inspection unit, choosing environmental lawyer and civic activist Artur Grigoryan. The inspection, a state administrative body, began an inspection of Amulsar, alongside other mines, in early July 2018.

Despite Pashinyan’s claims that the Amulsar protests were a form of ‘sabotage’ against the new government, the campaign against the mine continued, provoking counter demonstrations by Lydian employees in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. The tense post-revolutionary situation appeared to be taking a toll on a major foreign investor, with Lydian Armenia director Hayk Aloyan reporting on 2 July that the company had experienced financial losses as a result of the protests.

While Pashinyan attempted to calm t

Armenia's Homeland Party leader: We have roadmap for nonturbulent power shift

On June 20, leader of Homeland Party Artur Vanetsyan had meetings with the party’s new members and supporters at the headquarters of the political party. During the meetings, Vanetsyan provided the reasons for the threatening spread of the coronavirus, gave evaluations of the social-economic and moral-psychological situation in the country, showed the paths to overcome the deepening systemic crisis in public administration and discussed practical issues for participation in the campaign to address the ideological-political principles and values of the party to all layers of society.The meetings with members and supporters from Yerevan and various provinces of Armenia were held in an active and friendly atmosphere, providing all the pa

Political disaster in Brussels

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 21

The public flogging of Yerevan in Brussels on June 18-19 on the sidelines of a video conference of leaders of the EU countries and the Eastern Partnership is nothing but a political catastrophe in Brussels for Armenia.

During these two days, all the EU institutions without exception adopted an unprecedented number of documents that can be briefly described in two words as the political catastrophe for Armenia.

Former President of the European Council, now President of the European People’s Party Donald Tusk, the leader of the party with the biggest number of MPs in the European Parliament and represented in the EU leadership by ten commissioners, including President of the European Commission Ursula van der Leyen, made an official statement on this topic several hours before the Summit.

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Pashinyan and Harutyunyan Chair Joint meeting of Armenia and Artsakh Security Councils

YEREVAN — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan on Friday of hampering a compromise solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with “maximalist” demands and territorial claims to Armenia.

Pashinyan launched scathing attacks on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as he chaired a meeting of Armenia’s and Karabakh’s Security Councils. He complained that Aliyev has never reciprocated his repeated calls for an Armenian-Azerbaijani peace deal that would satisfy all parties to the conflict.

“It is obvious that with such [Azerbaijani] approaches we cannot anticipate real progress in the negotiation process, especially given that they are accompanied by war threats or territorial and direct or indirect historical claims to the Armenian people,” said Pashinyan.

Aliyev, he said, realizes that Baku’s attempts to end the conflict by force would provoke a “more than adequate response” from the Armenian military.

“For more than 15 years [

Armenian President said something that hasn't been said by any other head of state – la Repubblica

YEREVAN, JUNE 18, ARMENPRESS. The Italian daily la Repubblica in an article published on June 16 titled The Station of the Future touched upon the current challenges and difficulties caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the new way of life imposed on societies and in this context also presented the opinion of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian over the matter, the Armenian President’s Office told Armenpress.Author of the article Riccardo Luna writes that an economic decline is expected around the world, the governments are developing new systems of pensions and fees aimed at helping the vulnerable groups and the unemployed. “It seems we are helpless”, he writes, adding that he was impressed to listen to the remarks by the Armenian President on

Assistant to Azerbaijan's president: Provocative statements of Armenian PM destroy negotiation …

BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 20


Provocative statements of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan destroy format and essence of the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Assistant to Azerbaijan’s president, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said.

He made the remark commenting on Pashinyan’s speech at the Summit of the Eastern Partnership countries held recently in the format of a video conference.

Hajiyev reminded that in October 2019 during the Summit of CIS heads of state in Ashgabat, President Ilham Aliyev exposed the policy of Armenia towards the Armenian Nazi collaborator Garegin Nzhdeh.

“Pashinyan, hysterically trying to defend Nzhdeh during the summit, put him

Newspaper: What will be consequence of appellate court decision regarding ex-President …

YEREVAN. – Zhoghovurd daily of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: Almost all judges in Armenia are terrified. The reason was the [appellate court’s] granting of the motion for the bail of 2 billion drams applied to RA second president Robert Kocharyan. With this decision, in fact, Robert Kocharyan was released.According to Zhoghovurd daily’s information, this decision came as a surprise to many members, or the vast majority, of the judiciary, as it was clear to everyone that Robert Kocharyan’s being under arrest was more peaceful for the judiciary than his being free.And what is the fear of the judges? The Armenian political authorities have once already organized a process of blocking

Armenia National Security Service reveals false information spread attempt

YEREVAN, JUNE 19, ARMENPRESS. The National Security Service of Armenia continues revealing fake users who publish and spread false information which damages the security of the state, the society and the individual.On May 29 Qizil alma Azerbaijani user posted on Youtube one and a half minute edited video titled “Shocking confession of Armenian architect about Yerevan: It’s not ours”. In the video a woman named Agnessa answers in Russian to the questions of a man making the video. While in the Republic Square of Yerevan Agnessa tells that “in the past Yerevan has been a village-like city. Armenians hardly lived here and have been engaged in trade”. While examining the video it can be seen that it has been edited from another original video from which separate expression