Armenia has released its first-ever satellite to space as a result of cooperation between the Armenian state Geocosmos company & the Spanish Satlantis. It was launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, US, onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, experienced intense warfare in which thousands were killed and tens of thousands were driven out of their homes in only a month and a half of fighting that waged on until the Russian-brokered ceasefire two weeks ago. The conflict between indigenous Armenian forces and the Turkish-backed Azerbaijani military and their Syrian mercenary allies was described on October 1 as a “battle for survival” by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Yet, despite the existential crisis in Artsakh, internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan but historically and demographically Armenian, Yerevan never fully committed to the war effort.
Colonel-General Movses Hakobyan of the Military Supervision Service made a damning testimony on November 19 that revealed how the Armenian leadership made minimal efforts in what was supposed to be a “battle for survival.”
He revealed that by October 30, more than a month after the war began, only 70% of Artsakh’s forces and 52% of reservists in Armenia had been mobilized. According to him, Armenia’s military doctrine determines that near-full mobilization should be achieved within 48 hours of a war beginning. He also said that on the third day of the war Pashinyan had ordered the supply of regular Armenian reservists to Artsakh to be halted and replaced with only volunteer detachments.
By downgrading mobilization to only volunteer detachments, a potential 200,000 reservists were not utilized. In fact, although government and military officials were calling for diaspora Armenians to fight in Artsakh, it has been revealed, at least in Greece, that volunteers were put on a list and would be deployed only if the situation demanded it. Hovik Kasapian, a leading member of the Armenian National Committee of Greece, also said that many ethnic Greeks had volunteered to fight in Artsakh but were rejected because Armenia did not want to put Athens in an awkward diplomatic situation, despite the fact that many of the Greek volunteers were highly trained ex-special forces. Pashinyan defended the necessity of the highly controversial ceasefire by claiming that Artsakh did not have enough manpower to defend against the Azerbaijani military, but Armenia had not even come close to using all the resources available.
The question begs though why Yerevan in a supposed “battle for survival” would be concerned about potentially creating diplomatic issues for Greece when Artsakh was completely abandoned by the West. In a so-called “battle for survival” it would be expected that Armenia would use any assistance offered, especially since Turkey had no qualms sending mercenaries. Instead, Armenian and foreign volunteers were only put on standby or rejected, Armenian and Artsakh forces were never fully mobilized, powerful Iskander missiles were used infrequently and the Armenian Air Force barely featured during the war.
What motivated Armenia’s non-commitment to the war effort is still unknown.
But for all the military mistakes of Pashinyan and his administration, the biggest miscalculation was his attempt to pivot Armenia towards the EU and even flirt with NATO. Pashinyan came to power off the back of the so-called Velvet Revolution in 2018. It was hoped with his accession to power that Soviet-era oligarchical rule and corruption would come to an end. However, as is often the case in post-Warsaw bloc countries, the belief is that replacing communist-era political and oligarchical structures can only be achieved by straining relations with Moscow and pivoting towards Western liberalism. Armenians of course have the right to demand an end to oligarchical corruption and domination, but this should only have been achieved without antagonizing traditional geopolitical alliances.
A report by EurAsia Daily documented Pashinyan’s appointments after coming to power, especially those associated with NGO’s funded by famous Russophobe billionaire George Soros. One appointment by Pashinyan was Armen Grigoryan to Head of the National Security Council. Grigoryan was the Election Program Coordinator of Soros Foundation-funded Transparency International, an NGO that sponsors so-called color revolutions. David Sanasaryan was appointed as Head of the State Audit Service but is known for throwing eggs at the Russian Embassy and demanding the withdrawal of Russian military base from Armenia. Babken Ter-Grigoryan was appointed as deputy minister for the Armenian Diaspora and formerly worked at Transparency International too. And these are just some among many.
Pashinyan effectively flooded his cabinet with Soros Foundation-funded or formerly funded members.
Although Eastern European countries may have opportunities to engage in dramatic social, cultural and economic changes towards Western liberalism with the direct support of the EU, the geography of Armenia dictates its realistic alliances. Armenia as a small, mountainous, landlocked and impoverished country of only 3 million people is wedged between Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey, and nearly 1200 km away from the closest EU member, Cyprus. Yerevan’s closeness and eventual accession into the EU is not a realistic prospect. Geography must determine Armenia’s foreign policy. Armenia relies on Iran for goods from the outside world, Turkey and Azerbaijan are hostile and maintain embargoes on Armenia, and Georgia has proven in action that they side with Armenia’s enemies by allowing Turkish planes to cross its airspace to land Syrian mercenaries in Azerbaijan.
A part of the EU system is peaceful coexistence among member states. This has actually been one of the few successes of the bloc after inheriting a continent plagued by millennia of war, genocide and devastation. The EU also operates because of open borders between member states that are contiguous with each other. Armenia is separated from EU member states Greece and Bulgaria as Turkey is located between them. Armenia will not have an opportunity to join the EU unless Turkey becomes a member state, which is a prospect certainly not foreseeable in the near future.
The geostrategic mistake was motivated by Pashinyan’s delusions of turning Armenia into a Western-styled liberal state despite being in a hostile region surrounded by enemies and far detached from the EU. This folly was exposed when the Turkish-sponsored invasion of Artsakh began and the West made no actions besides rhetorical sympathy.
In the end, with the failure to defend Artsakh militarily, it was Russia that had to intervene to bring an end to the conflict. This was despite the fact that Pashinyan had pivoted towards the West and stacked his administration with Russophobic Soros Foundation-funded members under the guise of supposedly fighting oligarchical rule and corruption that originates from Russia.
The procession of the Resistance movement from France Square reached the Foreign Ministry and surrounded it.
People demand to dismiss the team headed by Nikol Pashinyan.
Ishkhan Saghatelyan, deputy speaker of the National Assembly and member of the “Armenia” faction, said, “The foreign minister no longer serves the interests of Armenia, we must block the entire building with all entrances,” he said, after which the marchers, pushing police officers, entered the courtyard of the building.
“This building has nothing to do with the interests of Armenia and Armenians, the less the Foreign Ministry works, the less the Armenian interests will be harmed,” he said.
Pashinyan finally Achieved his Turkish Dream of Turkification of Armenia and Artsakh was almost done
In the third round of negotiations between Ilham Ali and Nikol Pashinyan “Brussels’s meter” is over.
The talks lasted for five hours, and were closely watched not only in Armenia and Azerbaijan but also in Moscow, Washington, and Brussels. And despite the protests in Armenia, Pashinyan went and reached agreements with the President of Azerbaijan on pro-Azerbaijani issues. The result of the negotiations was assessed by the President of the European Council Charles Michel as a sensational-historical one, in which the EU leader himself played a significant role. According to preliminary data, Aliyev and Pashinyan have reached an agreement on the following six issues.
Agreement on the delimitation of the First Border and the first joint sitting of the Security Committee. The specific agenda of the meeting has also been made public.
Agreed on the implementation of measures to unblock transport communications. They agreed on the principles regulating the transit through the Syunik corridor (Michel’s statement mentions the name of the transit route – West Azerbaijan – Nakhichevan – ed.), As well as international transportation through the transport infrastructure of the two.
Ali and Pashinyan agreed on the rules of border management, security, customs duties and international transportation. In the coming days, the Deputy Prime Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia will continue consultations on the agreements reached.
A meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries is planned. The meeting will take place in the coming weeks. The topic of Bayramov և Mirzoyan’s negotiations, the final “peace” agreement, has been published.
, the EU has committed itself to joining the process through the Economic Advisory Group. The Azerbaijani side expects European assistance in the restoration of the liberated Azerbaijani territories.
, Ali and Pashinyan “reached an understanding” on the demining of the liberated territories and the investigation of the case of the missing during the Karabakh wars.
Both the presidents of Azerbaijan and Charles Michel were satisfied with the outcome of the talks.
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Journalists were not allowed to enter Marriott Armenia Hotel in Yerevan, where a Freedom House forum on “Armenian Democracy” is taking place in one of the halls.
The journalists demanded from the policemen surrounding the hotel tell the organizers of the event that they wanted to enter the room and take part in the international forum. They said that freedom of speech issues was also discussed during the forum, the beneficiaries of which were the media. However, the journalists were never allowed inside.
“We asked the deputy head of the police to pass on our request, but the journalists were not allowed to take part in the event. This is an important forum for journalists, as they discuss issues related to freedom of speech and police,” said journalist Ani Gevorgyan.
A Freedom House forum on “Armenian Democracy” is held at Marriott Armenia Hotel and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is scheduled to speak. The event is also attended by EU and US ambassadors and representatives of a number of Western-funded NGOs.
Citizens concerned about the security of Armenia and Karabakh gathered outside the Marriott Armenia Hotel to demand Pashinyan’s resignation.
Police in Armenia arrest hundreds of protesters as opposition supporters seek to spread their month-long anti-government demonstrations throughout Yerevan. Yerevan has been gripped by anti-government protests since mid-April, with opposition parties demanding Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan.
Nikol Pashinyan asked the Kremlin to send CSTO troops to Armenia following the example of Kazakhstan,” the “Baza” telegram channel reported, citing its sources, according to the Ukrainian “Union”. The reason, according to those sources, is the mass protests carried out by the opposition in Yerevan and other cities on a daily basis, which frightened the country’s leader (Pashinyan, ed.). The information sheds quite an interesting light on the political image of Nikol Pashinyan, who is declared “democratic” by the “pro-Western” countries and the diplomatic structures of those countries operating in the Republic of Armenia. And so, according to the website, according to the source, on the eve of the CSTO summit in Moscow, Pashinyan sent an official request to the CSTO. “He came to Moscow to get guarantees from the members of the organization that if the situation in Yerevan develops according to the Kazakh scenario, then Russia, the other CSTO members will send troops, suppress the riots, and help Pashinyan stay in power. “It seems that a nationalist movement is currently gaining momentum in the country, which threatens the constitutional order of the state. Therefore, the necessary decision is to send a military contingent to Armenia,” the source said, adding that Pashinyan’s request was rejected. Moreover, according to that information, the president’s staff asked him to withdraw the request, otherwise they promised the Armenian side to officially remove it from the agenda. According to another source, after the presidential response, Pashinyan tried to get support directly from Vladimir Putin, but here he was rejected. The source noted that the Armenian leader waited for the meeting for five hours, but did not get approval to solve his problem with the help of the Russian military.
YEREVAN – On May 16, the ruling Civil Contract Party led by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan issued a payout $5 Million USD which is 2 billion 180 million drams in bonuses to Yerevan’s Police Department. This is in addition to on May 11, the Police received a bonus of 700 million drams, says Ishkhan Saghatelyan during his speech in France Square.
The next day, they detained over 400 peaceful demonstrators, the highest on record for a single day.”
Addressing the Chief of Police, Saghatelyan said, “The powers of the police officers who have acted illegally these days must be immediately suspended.”
Armenian police have detained more than 400 people in Yerevan as protesters blocked streets during opposition-led demonstrations to force Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian from office.
Groups of protesters began blocking streets at 8 a.m. local time in an attempt to disrupt traffic and step up pressure on Pashinian’s government. Opposition leaders claimed that demonstrators blocked more than 50 streets in various parts of the capital.
Riot police clashed with protesters and detained many of them as they stepped in to unblock the streets. The police reported a total of 414 arrests by the afternoon, a daily record since the opposition began a civil-disobedience campaign on May 1.
Demonstrations organized by the opposition since April 17 have called on the public to commit acts of civil disobedience, accusing Pashinian of what they said were unacceptable concessions made during negotiations with Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Pashinian has faced heavy criticism since he and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agreed last month in Brussels to begin drafting a peace treaty to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and set up a joint commission on demarcating their common border.
The demonstration and clashes on May 17 came a day after police detained almost 100 drivers who took part in a car rally in Yerevan.
The previous day, police detained almost 100 drivers who took part in a car rally in Yerevan.
Azerbaijan wants the peace deal to be based on five elements, including a mutual recognition of each other’s territorial integrity.
Pashinian has publicly stated that the elements are acceptable to Yerevan in principle, fueling opposition claims that he is ready to recognize Azerbaijani sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia lost control over parts of the breakaway region in a 2020 war that ended with a Russian-brokered cease-fire that an estimated 2,000 Russian troops have been deployed to monitor.
Nagorno-Karabakh, which had been under ethnic Armenian control for nearly three decades, is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
Pashinian, who said he had agreed to the 2020 cease-fire to avoid further losses, said he would not sign any peace deal with Azerbaijan without consulting ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.