It is impossible to achieve the necessary result by exerting pressure on either of the parties to the Karabakh conflict, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin said on May 27, when replying to the Azerbaijani students' remarks that either it is necessary to exert pressure on Armenia to make it leave Nagorno-Karabakh or Moscow should shut its eyes to Baku's attempts to annex Karabakh.
Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, told APA on Thursday that the visit of a group of MPs of Bulgaria's Patriotic Front Party to Karabakh is qualified as an attempt to promote the "illegal regime" created as a result of "military aggression". According to him, this illegal visit shows that there are some in Bulgaria who are bothered by strategic friendship and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.
The Armenia-Artsakh agreement on mutual military support is being elaborated at the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Edward Nalbandian, Armenian Foreign Minister, said at today's parliamentary hearings on the budget.
On May 25 at about 6:20pm local time, a solider of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army died of gunshot wound under so far unclear circumstances, the NKR Defense Army press-office told ArmInfo.
Azerbaijan's Armed Forces resumed ceasefire violations on the Line of Contact with the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Armed Forces on the night to May 26 after a day of peace.
The 800ha territories will remain under the adversary's control temporarily, participant of Karabakh war, reconnoiter of the Central Command, founder and commander of the reconnoiters division of special operations Vova Vardanov said at today's press- conference in Yerevan, commenting on the 800 ha of territories lost during Azerbaijan's aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs have no immediate plans to visit the region, US Co-Chair James Warlick told APA on Tuesday.
The territories the Armenian side lost in April were mostly part of the buffer zone around Nagorno Karabakh. David Babayan, Spokesperson for the NKR President, told ArmInfo when commenting on Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan's statement that "the lost 800 ha were part of Artsakh's territory" In response to ArmInfo question as to whether those territories were within the administrative borders of NKR, Babayan said: "Most of the lost territories, I repeat, most of them, not all, were in the buffer zone."
Following a visit to Yerevan, the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Alan Meale (United Kingdom, SOC) and Guiseppe Galati (Italy, EPP/CD), have urged all political forces in Armenia to continue their dialogue on the new electoral code, and to seek compromise in order achieve as wide a consensus as possible, according to the PACE website.
The recent escalation in front-line has signaled that the status quo in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict may lead to violence and severe military clashes, said Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, when addressing the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Eastern Partnership countries in Brussels on May 23.
The Armenian side has nothing to hide. Troops transfer did happen, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told reporters, when commenting on President Serzh Sargsyan's statement about the 800 hectares Armenia lost during the April war.
Actually, Armenian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan has confirmed the information about dismissal of Mataghis regiment commander Harutyun Amirkhanyan.
"The issues regarding the security for both Armenia and Greece are considered prior," Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Eduard Sharmazanov who was on a working in Athens said at a meeting with the National Defense Minister of Greece Panos Kammenos, on May 22.
"Today everyone understands that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must sooner or later be resolved peacefully and through negotiations," Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department said in an interview with ANS TV channel, according to Trend.
The biased statement of the PACE President Pedro Agramunt, who said that he would do his best to contribute to settlement of the Karabakh problem, is detached from the reality, because PACE has no mandate to take part in the settlement of the conflict, Samvel Farmanyan, member of the Armenian Delegation to PACE, has told ArmInfo.
The situation along the Line of Contact of Nagorno- Karabakh and Azerbaijani troops remained tranquil overnight, the press-service of Nagorno- Karabakh Defense Army informs.
On 21 May Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent an address to the participants of the second forum of Armenian Political Parties launched in the city of Stepanakert, the press-service of NKR President informs.
Foreign ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh made a statement related to accusation of Azerbaijan's foreign ministry of the alleged use of prohibited ammunition, including shells with white phosphorus, during the military operations on April 2-5, 2016. The statement provided to ArmInfo by the press-service of the NKR foreign ministry particularly reads:
Defense Ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has refuted the reports by the Azerbaijani media saying that the Armenian side allegedly shot down its own drone on May 19.
Baku got the green light to unleash April aggression against Artsakh basing on the principle "take whatever you can, we will not allow your defeat in any case", former foreign minister of Nagorno Karabakh, independent analyst Arman Melikyan stated during discussions held today in the Armenian Center of National and International Studies.
The fact that the authorities of Armenia and Artsakh fail to draw any conclusions from the changes in the Karabakh situation causes concern and alarm, Manvel Sargsyan, Director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies, said during debates on May 19.
There are factors making the authorities act contrary to Armenia's interests, Manvel Sargsyan, Director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies, said during the debates on May 19.
Head of Modus Vivendi Center of Sociological Studies, Armenia's ambassador to Canada in 2000-2006, Ara Papyan is sure that after the Formula-1 race in Azerbaijan on June 17-18, the situation in the Karabakh conflict zone will grow tense again.
On May 19, in accordance with the arrangement reached with the authorities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, the OSCE Mission conducted a planned monitoring of the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the eastern direction of Martakert, according to the NKR Foreign Ministry.
Till the end of this year, Die Linke Party will be taking measures to raise awareness of the Karabakh problem on all platforms, Martin Dolzer, Member of the Hamburg Parliament from Die Linke Party, said at a press conference in Yerevan on May 19.
Senior House Foreign Affairs Committee member Brad Sherman (D-CA) has called on the State Department to conduct a "Leahy Law" investigation of Azerbaijani war crimes committed during the April 2-7 attacks against Nagorno Karabakh, and urged an immediate suspension of military aid to Baku, citing the Aliyev regime's ongoing attacks on Armenia and Artsakh, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
The Vienna meeting between presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a very positive fact, Malena Mard, Head of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan, told reporters in Baku May 18, APA reports.
The optimism about the Vienna arrangements is too high, according to Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan.
Sabine Freizer, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, is convinced that the meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, mediated by the foreign ministers of the US, Russia and France was urgently needed to reinforce the ceasefire and restore a sense of stability and calm along the line of contact.
During the Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting in June, the Armenian side may undergo pressure to start elaborating a document on comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh conflict, Head of ARFD Bureau's Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office Kiro Manoyan said at a press conference in Yerevan on May 18. He said that the during the meeting in Vienna the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries' representatives accepted the Armenian side's proposals to finalize an OSCE investigative mechanism and to expand the existing Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office.
The Vienna arrangement of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents, Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev, to create mechanisms to investigate the incidents along the line of contact may fail if the parties do not propose mutually acceptable specific mechanisms, Head of ARFD Bureau's Hay Dat and Political Affairs Office Kiro Manoyan said at a press conference in Yerevan on May 18.