In Moscow, Armenian servicemen have honored the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in World War 2, the press service of the Armenian Defence Ministry reports.A column of Armenian servicemen will participate in the military parade on Red Square on May 9th, dedicated to the Great Victory. They have visited Victory Park, and the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya hill, News Armenia reports.
Today an agreement on establishing a consortium of four Armenian leading universities was signed at a conference hosted by the Yerevan State Linguistic Brusov University. The consortium is aimed at providing closer cooperation in the sphere of linguistic studies and the policy of linguistic teaching in the universities of Armenia. The Armenian Minister for Education Armen Ashotyan took part in the opening ceremony, reports Panarmenian.
An armed assault was made on two Russians in the city of Vanadzor (formerly Kirovakan), Gazeta.ru reports.A Russian citizen Alexander, born in 1992, was hospitalized with penetrating knife wounds in the chest on the 4th May.
Transit of Russian gas to Armenia has not yet resumed, News Armenia reports citing the press secretary of Armrosgazprom, Shushan Sardaryan. Transit was interrupted due to damage caused by mountain landslides in the North Caucasus section of the pipeline, but "recovery work is in process", she said. According to preliminarydata, three days will be needed to repair the pipeline.
A landslide caused by heavy rains which have hit Armenia has damaged and blocked part of the railway in Armenia on the Yerevan-Tbilisi route, RIA Novosti reports, citing the country's emergencies ministry.
The issue of China's participation in the construction of an Armenian-Iranian railroad was discussed at a meeting of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Chinese leader Hu Jintao. The leaders also touched upon the topic of operating the joint enterprise "Shansi-Nairat", reports Armenia Today. The Armenian president noted that the development of cooperation with China is a top-priority foreign policy aim.
"Turkey is in favor of the opening of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, although in regards to stability in the region issues between zerbaijan and Armenia should be solved," Turkish Foreign Minister Akmet Davutoglu has said.
A solution to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is necessary for the security of the region, Turkish foreign minister AhmetDavutoglu said in Oxford at a conference entitled "Foreign Policy of Turkey in a Changing World", Trend reports quoting the Turkish agency Anadolu.
According to the Armenian National Statistical Service, Armenia’s GDP increased in January-March 2010 by 5.5% in comparison with the same period in 2009. GDP per capita made up nearly $455 (€329) in most branches of the economy, excepting construction. However, official unemployment as of the end of March increased 7.2%.
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan has decided to tackle smokingin the Cabinet, saying ministers should be an example for the country,MTRK Mir reports.The Armenian government has recently approved a state anti-smokingcampaign. A law introduced in late 2004 forbids the production, importand marketing of cigarettes containing nicotine above the norm. It isalso forbidden to smoke in cultural, educational, healthcareinstitutions and on public transport.
Armenian museums will be open throughout the night on 18 May, ArmeniaToday reports.The event is aimed at attracting young people to high art. The eventhas taken place since 1999 and is supported by UNESCO.
Armenian gas transits through Georgian territory will be restored in2-3 days. The gas supply was halted due to a landslide in theKobi-Gudauri section, Georgia Online reports.However, Georgia will not suffer a lack of supplies as it receives gasfrom Azerbaijan. Armenia has enough gas stored for 10 days.
The Turkish Security Council has discussed the issue of the 1915killing of ethnic Armenians and the prospects of bilateral protocolswith Armenia.According to News.am, the Security Council session lasted over sixhours and saw the participation of President Abdullah Gul, PremierRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug and otherofficials.
Speech delivered by VK's editor-in-chief at the round-table "New realities in the South Caucasus region "in St. Petersburg
Georgia will hold a seasons of Armenian culture program on May 3-5within the Armenian-Georgian cooperation program, News Armeniareports, citing the press-service of Armenia's Ministry of Culture.
The new Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, Igor Popov, who replaced Yuri Merzlyakov, arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic from Yerevan today. According to Armenian media, Popov is meeting the leader of the Karabakh Armenians, Bako Sahakyan. Popov visited Ilkham Aliyev in Baku, then Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan, before visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, TURAN reports.
The high-speed train "Armenia" will be launched on May 30th on the route between Yerevan and Barumi, reports Armenia Today, citing the director of the South Caucasus Railroads, Shevket Shaidullin. He also announced changes in suburban train schedules, with trains running up to four times a on the Yerevan-Armavir and Yerevan-Ararat routes.
The Kazakh parliament has ratified an agreement with Armenia on promotion and joint protection of investments. "The agreement states that both sides are bound to provide fair and equitable currency of investments and investment returns as well as economic protection", said vice-minister for industry and technologies Narmuhambet Abdibekov. The agreement was signed on November 2006. It is aimed at further developing economic cooperation between the countries. Meanwhile, both sides have the right to exclude and limit the sphere of action of the agreement.
A mountain landslide has damaged the North-South gas pipeline, Trend reports, citing head of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Zurab Janjgava.Repair works will take 2-3 days. Gas supply to Georgia has not been effected, by using an Azerbaijani pipeline, Janjgava said.Three working teams are currently repairing the pipeline. Armenia still has enough gas stored to supply the country for 10 days.
Chinese General Secretary Hu Jintao invited Armenian President SerzhSargsyan to visit China on Thursday, to take part in the worldexhibition EXPO-2010 in Shanghai 1 May - 31 October, News Armeniareports.The president will be assisted by Armenian Foreign Minister EdwardNalbandian, Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsyan and Minister ofEnergy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan. He is expected to visitthe pavilions of Armenia, China, Russia and the USA at the EXPO-2010exhibition.