Armenian PM to attend Eurasian Intergovernmental Council session in Almaty, Kazakhstan

YEREVAN, February 4, 2021 (Armen Press): Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will pay a working visit to Kazakhstan on February 4-5, the PM’s Office told Armenpress. The Armenian PM will take part in the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council and the Almaty Digital Forum 2021.

Bilateral meetings are also expected on the sidelines of the visit. Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan.

Armenian President will return to Yerevan as soon as doctors permit

YEREVAN, Jan 8, 2021 ARMENPRESS: President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 in London, will return to Yerevan after the situation stabilizes and the permission of doctors, the Presidential Office told Armenpress. “In response to inquiries of numerous media outlets, we would like to inform that Armen Sarkissian, who is self-isolated after testing for the novel coronavirus, has a complicated course of the disease, shows disease-related symptoms. President Sarkissian continues the treatment process under the supervision of doctors.

At the same time, due to the health condition, the President is working as much as possible and will temporarily work remotely. President Sarkissian will return to Yerevan immediately after the stabilization of the situation and the permission of doctors to fulfill his duties. We once again convey the gratitude of the President and his wife Nouneh Sarkissian for the words of support”, the Presidential Office said in a statement. Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan.

Artsakh Defense Army servicemen, Russian peacekeepers fulfill their duties – president’s spox

YEREVAN, Jan 7, ARMENPRESS: Spokesperson of the President of Artsakh Vahram Poghosyan has commented on the reports according to which the Azerbaijani armed forces have opened irregular shots around Shushi, and then fired at the military positions of the Artsakh Defense Army. Poghosyan told Armenpress that there have been several shots, but were fired into the air.

“On December 31, on New Year’s night, we also had a similar situation when Azerbaijanis have fired shots into the air. I live in Stepanakert and can say that I haven’t heard the shots this time. In any case, the Defense Army has already informed that there have been several shots fired in the air, in other words, no shot was fired towards our positions”, Vahram Poghosyan said. He noted that the Defense Army servicemen and the Russian peacekeepers fulfill their duties.

Armenia Ex-PM: We Received News that Azerbaijanis Are Saying, "Get Out of Tigranashen!"

YEREVAN, Jan 5, 2021: We received news from the western border that the Azerbaijanis were saying to Armenians, "Get out of Tigranashen village," Armenia’s former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan stated this during a press conference Monday. "Today they have made such a demand; they give the Armenians there a few days to leave. After giving Tigranashen, we can no longer go to Syunik Province the Republic of Armenia will end in Ararat Province," Bagratyan added.

He stressed that PM Nikol Pashinyan was not a true worker. "Villages are not handed over just like that. First, they sit down and draw the border with Azerbaijan, sign the paper, as there are territorial surrenders, the National Assembly approves, and then they hand [them] over; this process takes months or a year," former prime minister noted. According to Bagratyan, after Tigranashen, the Azerbaijanis will posit the same conditions on Masis town and one of the districts of capital Yerevan where Azerbaijanis once lived.

“Meanwhile, we will not say, 'Give one of the districts of Baku to Armenia;' there is no one saying this. Nikol Pashinyan should be the one to say this, but he thinks that he has lost; he is afraid." Hrant Bagratyan argued that now there is no actual border of the Republic of Armenia (RA). "The RA border is what the Azerbaijanis decide.

If there is a war, for example, if the CSTO wants to help [Armenia], it is not clear to it whether or not the conflict is in the territory of Armenia. We Armenia do not have an established border with Azerbaijan; this comes from the inaction of the [incumbent] president and government of Armenia," the ex-PM concluded.

 Azerbaijan Tries to Devaluate Russian Peacekeepers: PM Pashinyan

YEREVAN, Dec 16, 2020: Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan claims that the Azerbaijani troops carry out provocations in Artsakh’s Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages deliberately in order to devaluate the presence of the Russian peacekeepers, ARMEN PRESS reports Pashinyan said in an interview with ‘’Azatutyun’’ radio. ‘’The problem is that the actions take place in the zone of responsibilities of the peacekeepers and as I have already said, following the start of those developments the peacekeepers entered that region, but unfortunately, it did not lead to stabilization of the situation.

And our assessment is that the Azerbaijani troops purposefully take such provocative actions also for devaluating the factor of the peacekeepers in the conflict zone. And those local actions have a much broader and global perspective – setting an agenda for the withdrawal of the peacekeepers’’, Pashinyan said. Pashinyan added that at least by yesterday Azerbaijan had not signed the document confirming the mandate of the peacekeepers, and Armenia observes all those actions from this context. Nikol Pashinyan emphasized that such actions should be solved in a close collaboration between Armenia and the peacekeepers and Russia.

“The Defense Army servicemen and the Russian peacekeepers thwarted various provocations by Azerbaijani troops, and yesterday evening they were repelled from the outskirts of the Hin Shen village of Shushi. These days no one was hurt in the direction of Berdadzor, and the adversary wasn’t allowed to enter any settlement. Unfortunately, several dozens of our troops were taken captive by the Azerbaijani side in the direction of Khtsaberd, and now the defense ministry is determining all circumstances. I will personally be coherent in bringing those guilty for this incident to legal accountability. Their quick and safe repatriation must be the focus of our efforts, and we are already taking steps in this direction,” Artsakh’s President Arayik Harutyunyan said earlier today.