Expert column

by Yerevan press club

For about four years Armenia was engaged in negotiations around the Association Agreement with the European Union which can be considered as one of the most successful negotiation rounds in the history of the modern Armenian diplomacy. To a certain extent these negotiations contradict the generally accepted notion that EU maintains a harsh dialogue with all those seeking rapprochement with the European community. On most of the provisions that could potentially cause “discomfort” for Yerevan and create obstacles for the fulfillment of its obligations, the Armenian side managed to bargain fairly flexible formulations.

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Edward Nalbandian: Armenia wants to start a dialogue on abolishment of visa regime with EU

Edward Nalbandian: Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia has been consistently proving its adherence to the principles of international law

No third tailing dump in Tukhmanuk

Edward Nalbandian: Turkey, which is striving to the EU, has shut down the border to the neighboring state, whereas a principle of free movement at the EU territory is one of the basic norms

Ali Hasanov: If international organizations can not resolve the conflict, let them step aside and the two neighboring states solve the problem themselves

Vladimir Dorokhin: None of the Azerbaijanis detained at the territory of Armenia are Russian citizens

"Mika cement" to replace owner

Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan: The Azerbaijani people do not believe the OSCE Minsk Group

OSCE representative concerned about Armenia court decision forcing media outlets to disclose sources

The NKR Minister of Foreign Affairs received the Head of the ICRC Mission in Nagorno-Karabakh

Members of Karabakh parliament made a statement to protect Levon Hayrapetyan

"Vallex" Group celebrates Miner's Day

Commandos: Levon Hayrapetyan's arrest is a result of hard work of Azerbaijani and Russian secret services

Ivan Kukhta: The government of Ukraine owns irrefutable evidence of separatists' blame for the crash of the Malaysian Boeing

According to the results of the first half of 2014, growth rates of Ameriabank's indices exceed average market level

ACBA-CREDIT ACRICOLE BANK and American Express have announced the launch of new card "The ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK American Express® Cash Back Card"

No visa regime between Georgia and Armenia

Vahagn Hovnanyan: It is necessary to hold a protest action in front Russia's Embassy in Armenia to support Levon Hayrapetyan

Political expert: Growth of tension at the border is a regular ill-fated expression of complexes by Azerbaijan

James Warlick: The number of incidents and resulting deaths and injuries is also a setback in our efforts to work with parties to find a lasting peace

Lake Sevan is on the verge of environmental disaster

Life of the three persons injured in Kashatagh as a result of a landmine explosion is out of danger

EU welcomes ruling of Turkish Constitutional Court regarding investigation into the 2007 murder of Turkish- Armenian journalist Hrant Dink

Armavir mayor's car explodes in mine-studded territory of Kashatagh

Newspaper: Armenian oligarch's company worked in the shadow

Nagorno-Karabakh Police publish details of the case of Azeri saboteurs

Eastern Partnership countries cannot join European Union within the next 5 years

Expert: Decision to increase water release from Lake Sevan to 270 mln cu m is a shady transaction

RESO Insurance Company compensates for damage under hull insurance in 90.9% of cases

VTB Bank (Armenia) and Visa announce the launch of Summer with VTB campaign

Orange Foundation opens a Youth center in Chinari and a computer center in Zorakan in Tavush region

ICRC Yerevan Office holds negotiations to organize a meeting with Azeris detained in Armenian territory

Hakob Sanasaryan: Armenia has chosen the path of destroying its water resources

ICRC Yerevan Office maintains regular contacts with residents of borderline villages

Areximbank-Gazprombank Group's profit increases by 56.1% and capital grows to 21.9 bln AMD

Levon Ter-Petrosyan: the authorities of Armenia are going to replace the "carrot" of the PAP by the "stick"

Ankara has put forward a plan to form a free trade zone with the Customs Union

Ankara's wish to create free trade zone with Customs Union has a dim prospect for Armenia

Levon Ter-Petrosyan: The delay of Armenia's joining Eurasian Economic Union is conditioned by the demand of the EAEU to set a check point at the border to Nagornyy Karabakh

Levon Ter-Petrosyan: The reaction of the Armenian party at the Azerbaijani invasions is quite guarded and inadequate

Sharmazanov to Ter-Petrosyan: It is unacceptable to speculate the Karabakh issue for the political goals

The Golden Apricot Yerevan 11th International Film Festival has come to its end, the official website reports

Rostelecom services available in the center of Yerevan

Regional

Georgian Parliament Speaker to Visit Israel

Jury to Pass Verdict on Accomplices to Georgian General's Murderer in Moscow

Municipal Transport Drivers to Hold Protest Rally Throughout Georgia

The National Press Day

Saakashvili's Party States it is Important to Conduct the Second Round of Elections till July 19

Historical Changes Have Occurred in Georgia - President

Israeli Minister of Agriculture is Paying Official Visit to Georgia

Power Restrictions Imposed in Tbilisi since June 23, 2014

Ramadan begins on June 29

Azerbaijan's democratic forces calling for the Association with the EU

Georgian MFA Responds to U.S. Embassy's Statement, Connected with Incidents during Election Campaign

Georgian Ambassador Demands Explanations from Turkish MFA

Georgian Citizens Abroad not to Participate in Local Elections

Georgian President Delegates Prime Minister to Sign Associated Agreement

Georgian Leadership Welcomes Presidential Elections in Ukraine

We do not Need Saakashvili's Type Mediators in our Relations with Ukraine - Lavrov

Caucasian Muslims Department (CMD) opens an office in Iran, next will be Saudi Arabia

Poroshenko States he Has not Offered Georgian Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili Adviser's Post

Russia not to Punish Georgia for Signing Associated Agreement with EU-Kosachev

James Appathurai Writes about Georgia in his Page in Facebook

Blogger Abdul Abilov sentenced to five and a half years

Vugar Aliyev committed to strengthening the responsibility of Internet resources

Civil society urges Aliyev to defend democracy

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23/07 14:43 "Mika cement" to replace owner

"Mika cement" CJSC will have a new owner soon, Director General of the company, Naira Martirosyan, told ArmInfo correspondent.

Edward Nalbandian: Armenia wants to start a dialogue on abolishment of visa regime with EU

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian attended the fifth meeting of foreign ministers of the Eastern Partnership member states. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule were also present at the meeting.

Edward Nalbandian: Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia has been consistently proving its adherence to the principles of international law

Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia has been consistently proving its adherence to the principles of international law, in particular, non-use of force, peoples' right for self-determination and territorial integrity principle, Armenia's Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, said at the meeting of foreign ministers of the EU Eastern Partnership countries, in Brussels on 22 July.

Newspaper: Armenian oligarch's company worked in the shadow

The Yerevan-based Haykakan Zhamanak (Armenian Time) newspaper says that the State Revenue Committee has published the list of the companies, whose funds on the tax accounts in early July 2014 are much bigger than in early July 2013.

Air Armenia leases Airbus 320

Air Armenia has leased an Airbus 320. The company's marketing manager Sirak Hambardzumyan told ArmInfo on Friday that the plane arrived at Zvartnots Airport on Thursday evening.

"Vallex" Group celebrates Miner's Day

"Vallex" Group companies together with Administration of Lori region and Mayor's office of Alaverdi celebrated the Miner's Day on 20 July. The event was also dedicated to the 244th anniversary of the Alaverdi copper plant.

Armenia's Foreign Ministry: No Armenian citizens on board of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Boeing 777 that crashed in Ukraine

According to the information delivered by Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands to the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, there is no Armenian citizen on board of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Boeing 777 that crashed in Ukraine, press-service of Armenia's FM reported.

According to the results of the first half of 2014, growth rates of Ameriabank's indices exceed average market level

According to the results of the first half of 2014, the growth rates of Ameriabank's indices exceed average market level, Deputy Director General - Financial Director of Ameriabank, Gevorg Tarumyan, said at today's press-conference.

ACBA-CREDIT ACRICOLE BANK and American Express have announced the launch of new card "The ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK American Express® Cash Back Card"

The ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK American Express® Cash Back Card is a new and innovative product which offers Cardmembers financial control as well as the opportunity to earn rewards in the form of cash back. The cash back feature makes every day purchases even more rewarding by offering cash back on all purchases in Armenia, including a double cash back rate for purchases at leading supermarkets.

Vladimir Dorokhin: None of the Azerbaijanis detained at the territory of Armenia are Russian citizens

None of the Azerbaijanis detained by Armenians in Kalbajar are Russian citizens, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin said in his letter to vice-speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova, APA reports quoting Russian embassy's website.

The NKR Minister of Foreign Affairs received the Head of the ICRC Mission in Nagorno-Karabakh

On July 22, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan received Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mission in Nagorno-Karabakh, Thomas Hallier.

The Golden Apricot Yerevan 11th International Film Festival has come to its end, the official website reports

The Boards of Juries of International Feature, International Documentary, the Armenian Panorama and the Apricot Stone short film competition as well as the FIPRESCI and ECUMENICAL accordingly have announced this year's competition results at the official closing ceremony of the festival on July 19 held at the Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Yerevan.

Suren Babayan intends to shoot a new trilogy

Armenian film director Suren Babayan is going to shoot a new trilogy. At today's press conference, Babayan said that he would invite Jean-Pierre Nshanian for the lead role.

Orange Foundation opens a Youth center in Chinari and a computer center in Zorakan in Tavush region

From now on Chinari village, a community situated on the border with Azerbaijan, will have itsYouth center, equipped with computers and Orange internet connection.

Rostelecom services available in the center of Yerevan

From now on, Rostelecom services will be available in "Kentron" Community of Yerevan. As press-service of the company reported, to subscribe to broadband Internet, IP-TV and IP phone services residents should visit Rostelecom sales and service offices or call 060 46 00 00.

No third tailing dump in Tukhmanuk

The confrontation of ecologists and Melik village residents against "Mega gold" company, which was going to build the third tailing dump, seems to end. As the head of the "Centre for birds lovers", Silva Adamyan, told Arminfo correspondent, Armenia's Nature Protection Ministry declined the project, as it would negatively affect the environment.

Lake Sevan is on the verge of environmental disaster

She said that the situation on the lake keeps deteriorating under the impact of external factors. On the one hand, the shores, which have not been cleared from trees and bushes but have found themselves under water due to the project on raising the water level of Lake Sevan, lead to bogging of the lake. On the other hand, 60% of the water is polluted and endangers the ichthyofauna. Adamyan added that the temperature of the lake water is rising, which is also a negative factor.