Russia will not involve its 102nd military base in Armenia in the Russian-Turkish conflict, Stepan Safaryan, the head of the Armenian Institute for International Security, has told ArmInfo. "At the moment, the military base defends the air borders and monitors the situation in the Middle East. As regards Syria, Russia has enough capacities in that country to resist the Turkish provocations and to deliver strikes against the terrorists' targets," he says. Safaryan thinks that by downing the Russian Su-24, Ankara has made a mistake, which will result in deterioration of the Russian-Turkish relations in the economic and humanitarian areas. "In addition, Russia has already stated that Turkey defends the Islamic State militants and this may result in suspension of a number of joint projects and weakening of Turkish companies' positions on the Russian market. So, an indirect war may break out and Russia may resort to the help of Kurdish movements and economic pressure," he says.
The New Armenia Front refutes the information that the armed criminal group detained by the National Security Service on Wednesday has ties with the New Armenia Front, Andreas Ghukasyan, member of the political council of the New Armenia Front, has told ArmInfo.
As a result of investigative measures taken by the National Security Service (NSS) of Armenia, an organized criminal group intending to commit grave crimes in the territory of Armenia has been disclosed, the NSS press office reports.
On November 25, on the basis of operative data, the National Security Service of Armenia, including Alpha anti-terrorist department, the Police Chief Department to Combat Organized Crime, have prevented a serious crime.
Newly elected president of Argentina Mauricio Macri advocates the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire in the beginning of 20th century.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit aimed at Armenia's involvement in Syrian issue rather than negotiations on Karabakh problem, Director of the Regional Studies Center Richard Giragosian said at the discussions on Karabakh issue on November 24.
"The danger is always there. The danger of military escalation not by decision but by accident is always there not only between the Russian and Turkish forces but also the American and other allies working to oppose the Syrian government and to fight the Islamic State," Richard Giragosian, Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), told reporters when commenting on the information that Turkish air forces have downed a Russian plane in the territory of Syria. The expert pointed out that the Russian military base in Armenia can be used for supporting the Russian air operation in Syria.
After the 9/11, the world has come across new forms of international Islamic terrorism, Richard Giragosian, Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), told reporters when commenting on the recent terror attacks in Paris.
On November 23, the PACE Committee on Social Affairs adopted another anti-Armenian draft resolution - this time on Sarsang reservoir - "Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deprived of water".
According to the statement, police officers "visited" the parents of activists Armen Mikaelyan without explaining the reason of their visit. After the activists contacted his parent by phone and then the police officer and asked him to introduce himself, the latter switched his phone off, apologized and left the house immediately. The authors of the statement say the police are tapping the phones of the opposition activists and try to coerce them.
"Red Card" movement, which demands reducing the prices on electricity, gas, petrol, flour and sugar is conducting an act of protest in front of the Armenian's President residence on Baghramyan Avenue.
The New Times Party has decided to urge people to boycott the referendum on constitutional reforms, Leader of the New Times Party Aram Karapetyan has told ArmInfo, noting the authorities have already "drawn their pros" for the constitutional amendments.
The process of Constitutional reforms is already rigged, as the citizens, who have been leaving abroad for a long time, are included in the voters' list, Armen Martirosyan, Vice-President of Heritage party, said at a press conference on November 23.
Freedom-fighter, reserve colonel Volodya Avetisyan who is serving his sentence for fraud in extra large amounts has addressed the people of Armenia and his comrades-in-arms calling them to gather in the Liberty Square and struggle till final victory.
Zaruhi Postanjyan, the head of Heritage Party Faction, has come out with a statement in the parliament calling the people for public unrest starting December 1.
Hrachya Arzumanyan, military and national security expert, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Head of Ashkhar, a Stepanakert-based Center of Strategic Analysis, speaks about the major problems of the national security of the two Armenian republics in an interview with ArmInfo
Gagik Minasyan, member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) does not share the opinion of the second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan, who said that the constitutional reforms will centralize the power in the hands of one party.
The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan responded to the Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian's statement that Karabakh conflict should be settled exclusively in the frameworks of OSCE Minsk Group and the discussion of this issue in other structures is unacceptable.
Baku rejects the information of the Armenian side about the upcoming meeting of Armenia and Azerbaijan's presidents in December.
By signing the agreement with Armenia on creating joint air defense system Russia will be able to solve two problems, that is to better prepare for NATO's military buildup in Eastern Europe and protect its southern borders, the experts of Stratfor are sure.
Peaceful demonstration against Constitutional reforms, which was being held in the center of Yerevan, has finished in the Freedom Square.
There is no social demand on conducting Constitutional reforms, Chairman of the People's Party of Armenia Stepan Demirchyan announced from the platform of Yerevan Freedom Square.
Paris terror attacks have become means of coercion to France, Manvel Sargsyan, Head of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies said at a discussion at the Center on Nov 20.
The ruling elite is trying to influence the results of the constitutional referendum by using violence and toughening the political persecutions, members of the opposition New Armenia Front said at a pres conference on November 20.
Armenia's Ambassador to Ukraine Andranik Manukyan was involved in a regular corruption scandal. According to corruptua.org, which conducts journalist investigations, Armenia's Ambassador to Ukraine has chosen as a residence a house, which belongs to Marina Juravlyeva, wife of the former head of State Forests Resources Agency Viktor Sivets to former president Viktor Yanukovich.
The protest against the Constitutional reforms organized by civil initiative "No, You Won't Pass it" and opposition forces of "No" Front was launched at the Freedom Square. The opposition forces announced about the protest on October 30 at the last meeting with the people.
Serj Tankian, a prominent Armenian -American rock musician, has addressed the upcoming Constitutional amendments in a Facebook post.
Not a single document on Nagorno-Karabakh can be considered unbiased if the rapporteur has not visited Nagorno-Karabakh personally, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian says in an interview with Aravot (Morning) newspaper, when commenting on the PACE report "The inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deprived of water" about the Sarsang Reservoir.
The security measures at the Armenian Parliament have been tightened. ArmInfo's correspondent in the Parliament reports that since early morning the employees of the security service have been inspecting all the official cars driving up to the building of the National Assembly. It is noteworthy that the entry is open only for the cars of the Parliament leadership, the prime minister and a number of ministers.
Armenia and the European Union have repeatedly expressed willingness to develop and promote comprehensive cooperation in all areas, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian says in an interview with the Aravot (Morning) newspaper.
Though the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) has already visited 7 provinces of Armenia and 10 administrative districts of Yerevan within the frames of its campaign, it has not yet understood whether the society comes out "for" or "against" the constitutional reforms, Secretary of the PAP Faction Vahe Enfiajyan said at a press conference in Yerevan on November 19, when replying to ArmInfo's question.