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Artsakh and Its Future

Artsakh and Its Future On The 22nd of February Mr. David Ishkanyan, guest speaker from Artsakh, gave lecture on the Liberation Movement in Artsakh and the ARF at Navasartian Hall in London. The lecture was organised by ARF London, packed with members of the Armenian Community, attended by the representatives of the Armenian Embassy in […]

Russia Leans on Its Neighbors

The New York Times Opinion Pages   Op-Ed Contributors Choices for the South Caucasus   By DENIS CORBOY, WILLIAM COURTNEY, RICHARD KAUZLARICH and KENNETH YALOWITZ Published: August 28, 2013   Five years after the Russian-Georgian war captured world attention, the South Caucasus — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia — continues to face huge challenges. The region’s geopolitical […]

Վստահելով Ռուսաստանին. Սարգսյանը մեղադրում է Ադրբեջանին ռազմատենչության մեջ, Պուտինը հայտարարում է ռազմական գործակցության մասին

Վստահելով Ռուսաստանին. Սարգսյանը մեղադրում է Ադրբեջանին ռազմատենչության մեջ, Պուտինը հայտարարում է ռազմական գործակցության մասին

Հունվարի 15-ին ռուսաստանյան գործակալությունները` վկայակոչելով Կրեմլին, տարածեցին մի տարօրինակ հայտարարություն այն մասին, որ «ՌԴ նախագահ Վլադիմիր Պուտինը համաձայնել է Հայաստանի հետ բանակցություններ վարելու կառավարության առաջարկությանը` ռազմատեխնիկական գործակցության զարգացման մասին պայմանագիր ստորագրելու համար, իսկ բանակցությունների ավարտից հետո կառավարությանը հանձնարարվել է այս երկրի հետ պայմանագիր կնքել»: Պայմանագիրը մշակվում է 2012 թ. փետրվարի 9-ից, երբ Հայաստան այցելեց Ռուսաստանի […]

Drone violence along Armenian-Azerbaijani border could lead to war

Drone violence along Armenian-Azerbaijani border could lead to war

EREVAN, Armenia — In a region where a fragile peace holds over three frozen conflicts, the nations of the South Caucasus are buzzing with drones they use to probe one another’s defenses and spy on disputed territories. The region is also host to strategic oil and gas pipelines and a tangled web of alliances and […]

Russia protects Armenia from Western influence

The deployment of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri remains the subject of heated debate. Some believe that that the Russian base guarantees security for Armenia, while some are convinced that the base threatens the sovereignty of the country. Pravda.Ru talked to the Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues Konstantin Sivkov to […]

In Facing Its Adversaries, America’s Got a Hidden Lever: Armenia

In Facing Its Adversaries, America’s Got a Hidden Lever: Armenia

(Note: The Truman Project’s Daniel Gaynor is in Armenia and Georgia this month, studying US foreign policy, energy security and democracy issues in the Caucasus region.) Most Americans wouldn’t be shocked to learn that the largest American embassy in the world is in Baghdad, Iraq. But the second-largest is in a surprising place: Armenia. It […]

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh, Armenia launches investigation of murder on “racial grounds”

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh, Armenia launches investigation of murder on “racial grounds”

An Armenian soldier was shot dead on a frontline position near Karabakh on Tuesday. Military authorities in Yerevan said according to preliminary data the 19-year-old conscript, Vaghinak Baghdasaryan, was killed by Azeri fire. A Defense Ministry statement also said that a criminal case had been instituted on a penal code article dealing with “murders on […]

Russia’s Defense Minister Hails ‘Strategic’ Ties With Armenia

Russia’s Defense Minister Hails ‘Strategic’ Ties With Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov emphasized the “strategic significance” of his country’s relations with Armenia after meeting Armenian leaders and watching military exercises held by the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) near Yerevan on Wednesday. Serdyukov joined President Serzh Sarkisian as well as his Armenian and Belarusian counterparts in monitoring the concluding phase […]

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

“Whore’s Fishnet Stockings”: Only 30 Meters Separates Artsakh Front-line and Azerbaijan

They call this section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani border “the whore’s fishnet stockings”. It was the site of fierce battles during the war and both sides suffered heavy losses. The bloodiest was in 1994. Azeri artillery shells and mortars turned the area into a series of crisscrossing pot marks resembling fishnet stockings. In Yerevan back in […]

Unsung Heroes: Orders Are Not to Write About Some Serving on the Artsakh Frontline

Unsung Heroes: Orders Are Not to Write About Some Serving on the Artsakh Frontline

I was back in Artsakh after three years with a group of journalists intent on covering the situation at the frontlines. It was like a trip back in time. I was again headed to the defensive positions of the Artsakh Army in the Martakert district. We were again being transported in two army jeeps. The […]

Russia Increases Military Flights Over Armenia

MOSCOW — Russian fighter jets are conducting an increasing number of training flights over Armenia, a military spokesman said Saturday, sending a clear warning that Russia could intervene at any moment should violence escalate further in the territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The military spokesman, Col. Igor Gorbul, told the Interfax news agency that […]

Armenian Forces Kill Five Azeri Soldiers after Border Infiltration 3 Armenian Soldiers Die Defending

YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Armenia’s Ministry of Defense reported that Armenian forces on Monday killed five Azerbaijani soldiers when they attempted to infiltrate Armenian defensive positions in the province of Tavoush, in the early morning hours. The ministry said that an Azerbaijani unit of 15-20 tried to cross the border into Armenia. Three Armenian soldiers […]

BREAKING NEWS: Armenia Foils Infiltration Attempt, 5 Azeri Soldiers Killed

BREAKING NEWS: Armenia Foils Infiltration Attempt, 5 Azeri Soldiers Killed

YEREVAN (A.W.)—An Azeri unit of 15 soldiers tried to infiltrate the Armenian border near the village of Vosgebar in Tavush but withdrew after incurring heavy losses, Armenia’s Ministry of Defense stated. Sources in Baku reported that five Azeri soldiers were killed and several others were wounded. There were no casualties on the Armenian side. The […]

Is Azerbaijan’s New Air Defense Protecting Against Iran Or Armenia?

When news broke a couple of years ago that Russia was selling S-300 air defense systems to Azerbaijan, the immediate assumption was that this had to do with Armenia. The sale suggested a huge shift in Russia’s military policy toward the south Caucasus: Russia has a big military base in Armenia and provides Yerevan with […]

Armenia to produce UAV for domestic use

Armenia is considering producing its own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said in an interview with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily of Russia. “We already have a ready-product. We have introduced our designs for robot soldiers and unmanned helicopters. The testing is currently in progress. If it becomes clear that their production is […]

Artsakh Minister of Defense: “Our response to Azeri ceasefire violations is punishing”

Artsakh Minister of Defense: “Our response to Azeri ceasefire violations is punishing”

Fourteen journalists from Armenia recently visited frontline units of the Artsakh Defense Forces. This was due to an agreement reached between Hetq and the Artsakh Ministry of Defense. After our tour, we also had the opportunity to meet with Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Movses Hakobyan. We posed the following questions to him. Minister Hakobyan, what must […]

Armenia Offers To Replace Russia’s Radar In Azerbaijan

Amid the negotiations between Russia and Azerbaijan over the Gabala radar station, Armenia has stepped in and said they would be willing to host a Russian radar if a deal over Gabala falls through. The current lease for the radar station expires in December, and Azerbaijan has gradually been raising the price it says it […]

Armenian Defense Minister Visits U.S. Amid Growing Ties

Armenian Defense Minister Visits U.S. Amid Growing Ties

Armenia’s defense minister Seyran Ohanian has wrapped up a three-day visit to the U.S., as military relations between the U.S. and Armenia quietly strengthen. Ohanian’s visit was his first to the U.S. since he became defense minister in 2008, according to Armenian Reporter, which reported that he met with his counterpart Leon Panetta and CIA […]

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