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Mass protests in Armenia as killings test loyalty to Moscow

Mass protests in Armenia as killings test loyalty to Moscow Thousands have demonstrated against Kremlin influence after a Russian soldier was accused of killing a family of six . RFE/RL reports Thousands of Armenians rallied outside the Russian embassy in Yerevan and near the Russian military base in the town of Gyumri today, demanding the […]

Focus on the Caucasus

Focus on the Caucasus EDITORIAL | APRIL 27, 2014 10:56 PM By Edmond Y. Azadian The April 19 issue of London’s Economist weekly features on its cover Russia’s map in the shape of a bear reaching out to Ukraine to swallow it, having already digested Crimea. The cartoon is titled, “Insatiable.” The crisis in Ukraine […]

History Will Repeat Itself

History Will Repeat Itself EDITORIAL | MARCH 11, 2014 11:21 AM By Edmond Y. Azadian Recent political developments in Armenia are overshadowed by events in Ukraine, which in their turn will certainly impact on relations with Russia’s “near abroad.” Armenia, being situated in that “near abroad,” certainly will not remain immune to fallout from the […]

Armenia to Launch Smartphone, Tablet in 2014

Armenia to Launch Smartphone, Tablet in 2014   Armenia will launch its own tablet computer and smartphone next year 22:00 06/12/2013   Tags: Armphone, Armtab, YotaPhone, smartphones, Technology and Science Dynamics Inc/Armtab Technologies, Vahan Shakaryan, Armenia YEREVAN, December 6 (RIA Novosti) – Armenia will launch its own tablet computer and smartphone next year, the government […]

Voice of Russia: Armenia Could Be Left Without Armenians By 2040

Voice of Russia: Armenia Could Be Left Without Armenians By 2040 Country – Thursday, 28 November 2013, 11:50 The Russian Central Information Agency’s Voice of Russia Radio broadcast a long report with an interesting title, “Armenia Could Be Left without Armenians by 2040”, the Haykakan Zhamanak reported. The authors of the report dwelled on the […]

Armenia chooses Russia over EU

Armenia chooses Russia over EU By Andrew Gardner – 03.09.2013 / 18:31 CET   Armenia says it will join the Eurasian Customs Union, rather than enter free-trade deal with the EU. Armenia announced today that it will join the Eurasian Customs Union led by Russia, a move that in practice will prevent it signing a […]

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 […]

What’s the real reason behind Putin’s visit to Baku?

What’s the real reason behind Putin’s visit to Baku?   Two months after the anti-Russian rally held in Yerevan, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Baku. For this visit, Russian vessels of the Caspian fleet made a friendly entrance at Baku port – among those was the main missile reconnaisance vessel of the Dagestan fleet […]

Դաշնակիցները բանակցում են. Սարգսյան-Պուտին հանդիպումը վճռորոշ գործոն հայ-ռուսական հետագա հարաբերություններում

Դաշնակիցները բանակցում են. Սարգսյան-Պուտին հանդիպումը վճռորոշ գործոն հայ-ռուսական հետագա հարաբերություններում

Մարտի 12-ին օրվա երկրորդ կեսին նախագահի մերձմոսկովյան Նովո Օգարյովոյի նստավայրում կայացավ Վլադիմիր Պուտինի հանդիպումը Հայաստանի գործող նախագահ Սերժ Սարգսյանի հետ: Այս հանդիպումը վաղուց էր սպասվում, և փորձագետներն առաջ էին քաշում քննարկվելիք հարցերի մի ամբողջ օրակարգ: Սակայն հանդիպումը փակ էր, դրանից հետո հայտարարություններ չարվեցին, իսկ նրա սկզբնական բաց մասում չհնչեցին կոնկրետ հարցեր, որոնց մասին պետք է […]

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 […]

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 […]

Armenia-Russia: Old ties, new projects, uncertain future

Armenia-Russia: Old ties, new projects, uncertain future

Despite the optimistic tone of the meeting of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission, which took place in Yerevan late last week, it still revealed the reluctance of Yerevan to strengthen its ties with Moscow. First, it was stated that Yerevan is categorically against the Russian immigration program, Compatriots, by which about 5,000 Armenian citizens have left […]

Putin Politics: Russian president’s expected visit likely to influence decisions in Yerevan

Putin Politics: Russian president’s expected visit likely to influence decisions in Yerevan

Several Armenian media, citing their sources, report the visit to Armenia by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was originally said to have been scheduled for mid-September, will take place in late October or early November. The Russian leader’s visit was first announced in the summer by the director of the CIS Institute Konstantin Zatulin, who […]

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 […]

Russia, Armenia ‘close strategic partners’ – Presidents

Russia, Armenia ‘close strategic partners’ – Presidents

Their meeting closely coincided with the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia and the 15th anniversary of the Russian-Armenian friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaty. After emerging from the talks, Mr Putin spoke for the press: “We have discussed Russian-Armenian coordination within international organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States and the […]

Sputnik for Armenia: Yerevan to buy Russian-made commercial telecom satellite

Sputnik for Armenia: Yerevan to buy Russian-made commercial telecom satellite

Armenia is planning to order a commercial communications satellite from Russia under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday during the Farnborough air show. “We have already signed a memorandum to create a communications satellite for Armenia,” said Vladimir Popovkin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, at a press conference, according […]

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 […]

HOW WE CAN HOLD THE SOUTH CAUCASUS?

Arevagal: The following article by the former Russian ambassador to Armenia was written just before Moscow liberated South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgian/Western aggression. The commentary by the ambassador is a little insight into how Moscow views Armenia and its role in the Caucasus. The article clearly suggests that Moscow was feeling the urge to […]

Armenia Again Rules Out Entry Into Russian Customs Union

Armenia Again Rules Out Entry Into Russian Customs Union

Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has again ruled out Armenia’s accession to a customs union of Russia and two other former Soviet republics and said his country will continue deepening integration with the European Union. In an interview with the Russian daily “Kommersant” published on Wednesday, he also stated that Yerevan is ready to consider hosting […]

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 […]

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