Canada inaugurates embassy in Armenia, pledges additional aid amidst Artsakh crisis
Canada has intensified its diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in Armenia. In a two-fold development, the nation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, inaugurated Canada’s first embassy in Yerevan. The visit also saw Canada pledge further humanitarian aid for those affected by the ethnical cleansing of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
New Armenian Cabinet Vows Major Reforms
[:en](RFE/RL)-Armenia’s newly reshuffled government has released its policy program that pledges to help speed up economic growth through a tougher fight against corruption, better tax administration and “equal conditions” for all businesses.
The program adopted at a cabinet meeting in Yerevan late on Tuesday will be sent to the Armenian ...
Armenia Showcases New Missiles in Independence Day Parade
(RFE/RL) — Armenia demonstrated on Wednesday Iskander tactical missiles and other advanced weapons acquired from Russia recently as it marked the 25th anniversary of its independence with a military parade held in Yerevan.
Hundreds of Armenian troops marched through the city’s central Republic Square, followed by columns of tanks mounted on ...
Fresh Russian Arms Supplies To Armenia ‘In Progress’
(RFE/RL)- Russia has begun supplying Armenia with new weapons in line with multimillion-dollar defense contracts signed by the two allied states, the Russian ambassador in Yerevan, Ivan Volynkin, said recently.
The Armenian government is to pay for the new weapons with a $200 million loan that was allocated by Moscow last year.
“The loan ...
Karapetian Orders Action Against Government ‘Theft’
(RFE/RL)- Prime Minister Karen Karapetian ordered the Armenian government to root out what he called the embezzlement of budgetary funds set aside for government officials’ travel expenses.
Karapetian alleged and decried the illegal practice after his chief of staff, Davit Harutiunian, unveiled a new electronic system for the purchase of air ...
Armenian Tax Service Told To Target ‘Privileged’ Firms
(RFE/RL)- Prime Minister Karen Karapetian ordered Armenian tax authorities to tackle possible tax evasion among large and lucrative companies which he said are widely seen as being in a “privileged” position.
Holding his first cabinet meeting in Yerevan, Karapetian issued instructions to various ministers and other senior government ...
Diaspora Celebrities Urge ‘Democratic Change’ In Armenia
(RFE/RL)- Rock musician Serj Tankian and other prominent Diaspora Armenian artists have called on Armenia’s government to end widespread corruption, respect laws and hold democratic elections, in a joint appeal which they hope will speed up democratic change in the country.
The signatories described themselves as a Justice Within Armenia ...