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  • Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Following Sargsyan-Aliyev Meeting - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Russian Federation James Warlick of the United States of America and Pierre Andrieu of France The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman in Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk also participated in the summit The summit created an opportunity for the Presidents to clarify their respective positions during their one on one meeting The Presidents discussed recent violence and expressed particular concern about casualties including civilians caused by the use of heavy

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35081 (2016-02-14)
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  • Russia’s Policy in Armenia and its Impact Tools - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    power in its foreign policy to create a positive image in alien countries towards Russia and the EEU created to serve its geopolitical interests to raise the role of Russian language and culture in the countries of its zone of influence to have a pro Russian population there This mission is generally implemented by non governmental organizations mass media Russian language and cultural centers universities and etc financed by the Kremlin or its adjacent circles Rossotrudnichestvo Russian partnership organization under Russia s MFA Russian International Affairs Council RIAC Public Diplomacy Fund after Gorchakov Russian world Foundation and others are especially active in formation of Russia s positive image and propagation of Russian culture and language These organizations have representations in many countries of the world including Armenia where Russian language and culture are being spread public diplomacy schools conferences seminars and etc are being organized Besides the above mentioned other companies and local organizations as well are active in propagating Russian language and culture Particularly upon the initiative of Andranik Nikoghosyan head of the Institute for Strategic Development free of charge educational centers of Russian language and culture have been launched in Armenia in 2012 Currently there are over 100 likewise centers where more than 300 highly qualified teachers are working It s worth mentioning that Russian language and culture days best performance of Russian songs best composition in Russian and other competitions are regularly organized by Union of Russian Armenians organization led by Ara Abrahamyan What is more Abrahamyan recently announced on his intention to found a political party in Armenia which should participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections Obviously it is being established to serve Moscow s interests by which the Kremlin will more intensify its political presence in Armenian political field Branches of higher educational institutions abroad also play a significant role in propagation of Russian language and studying of Russian culture Moscow became active in recent years to strengthen its positions in these fields as well Particularly Russian universities are launched in some post Soviet countries For instance in 2015 the branch of Moscow State University after M Lomonosov was launched in Yerevan though Russian Armenian Slavonic University and branches of seven Russian higher educational institutions with about 3500 students have been operating in Armenia Foundation of Russian Gymnasium is included in forthcoming plans In recent years Russia has noticeably intensified its activity in public diplomacy which is manifestation of soft power as well So besides educational institutions centers for Russian language and culture propagation individual political and cultural figures heads of RF regions are also engaged in improving Russia s image abroad strengthening its ties with other countries and try to have a desired effect on the society and political elite of that country during their visits Among the organizations aimed at creating Russia friendly environment in Armenia Armenian Russian Union Russian Armenian support center for strategic and public initiatives Armenian branch of Union of Russian Armenians Regional public movement in support of development of

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35054 (2016-02-14)
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  • U.S. Says Use of Heavy Artillery Is Unacceptable - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    of Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict peacefully Later this month the OSCE Minsk group co chairs will hold the next presidential summit between the presidents We call on the sides to take all steps to avoid violence and to improve the atmosphere for negotiations to take place in good faith at the summit he said In answer to the reporter s question if he is concerned

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35050 (2016-02-14)
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  • Local EU statement on the constitutional referendum in Armenia on 6 December - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    also take note of the concerns expressed by independent observers regarding the conduct of the referendum We urge the Armenian authorities to fully investigate in a transparent manner credible fraud allegations Without a transparent investigation of the alleged frauds as well as remediation if these are confirmed the referendum would be a missed opportunity to increase the confidence in and the integrity of electoral processes in Armenia Should the results

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35046 (2016-02-14)
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  • Azerbaijan's Next Move Towards Large-scale War - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    stability because the snipers were replaced by mortars and tomorrow they will be replaced by tanks Apparently tomorrow is here In fact in terms of the level of danger of weapons use of tanks does not increase significantly the threat to the Armenians soldiers or peaceful population because Azerbaijan was using 120 mm mortars prior to the 125 mm diameter of the tank which is much more dangerous for the civilian population However danger is not the only problem There are political signals too because the use of tanks is another step towards a large scale war and Azerbaijan is taking that step or sending a message to the Minsk Group co chairs about moving on to it What is this Is this Baku s blackmail prior to the possible Sargsyan Aliyev meeting announced for late December or is Aliyev slowly but steadily as always coming close to a large scale war Interestingly Azerbaijan used a tank after the Armenian side posted on the web the video which was showed at a closed screening at the Ministry of Defense picturing the punitive action of the Armenian side against Azerbaijan after the latter s intensive shooting at the Armenian settlements Is the tank Aliyev s response to these videos Or is there a link with the Russian Turkish tension and Aliyev is acting in the context of the Turkish plans not its own ones It is perhaps meaningless to guess what can push Aliyev to use tanks to raise the level of escalation due to which the Armenian side has one victim Now the situation is too complicated and an action of a subject may be dictated by interaction of maybe a dozen of factors It is not ruled out that Aliyev is simply trying to intensify the blackmail to restore

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35044 (2016-02-14)
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  • Meetings of the NKR Foreign Minister in Washington - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Committee of America During the meetings issues of further expansion and development of cooperation between the NKR and the USA the assistance provided by the United States to Artsakh as well as the increasing number of provocations and violations on the Line of Contact by the Azerbaijan were discussed The NKR Foreign Minister expressed satisfaction with the high level of cooperation with Armenian organizations in the US and stressed the importance of activities aimed at protecting the interests of Artsakh in the US After the meeting with the members of Armenian National Committee of America the NKR Foreign Minister took part in a reception organized for the participants of the Pro Artsakh Advocacy campaign who had arrived in Washington for meetings in the US Congress and discussions with congressmen on issues related to Artsakh on the initiative of the Armenian National Committee of America During the reception Karen Mirzoyan delivered a welcoming speech and answered numerous questions from the audience The same day the Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Co Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Ambassador James Warlick A range of issues related to the current state of affairs in

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35041 (2016-02-14)
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  • Five Billion People Worldwide Recognize the Armenian Genocide - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    published in French On average 90 of respondents in 31 countries acknowledged that the Jewish Holocaust was a genocide while 77 considered the killings of 1 5 million Armenians by the Turkish government also a genocide This is a significantly high percentage since 100 years later the memory of those barbaric acts continues to remain alive in the minds of much of the world s younger generation The percentage of those aware of the Armenian Genocide is even higher among Europeans 82 with France in the lead 93 followed by Greece 90 United Kingdom 68 and Americans 64 Not surprisingly the lowest figure was registered in Turkey 33 However this percentage is not as discouraging as it seems at first glance Despite a century long genocide denial concocted by the Turkish government using massive state resources it is a miracle that fully one third of the Turkish youth in tens of millions reject their government s propaganda by responding truthfully to the pollsters without any reluctance or fear The 33 figure also shows that the facts of the Armenian Genocide are acknowledged in Turkey much beyond the small circle of Turkish liberals and intellectuals The percentage of the young people cognizant of the Armenian Genocide in the other 26 countries is as follows Australia 67 Austria 85 Belgium 81 Canada 71 China 80 Croatia 87 Czech Republic 74 Denmark 81 Estonia 81 Finland 83 Germany 83 Holland 76 Honduras 87 India 51 Israel 88 Italy 87 Japan 68 Latvia 84 Lithuania 70 Poland 87 Romania 72 Russia 84 Serbia 86 Spain 86 Switzerland 87 and Ukraine 65 The Rwandan Genocide of Tutsis by Hutus has the third highest public awareness 76 in 31 countries less than the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide despite its more recent occurrence 21 years

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35036 (2016-02-14)
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  • Russian Airbase in Armenia Received Helicopters - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    22 The Russian Erebunee airbase located in Armenia has received the first amount of helicopters The press service of the Russian Southern Military District informed Armenpress that seven MI 24P and MI 8MT helicopters have arrived from the military airport of the Russian Air Force Another group of helicopters will be supplied by the end of the current year The helicopters were stationed at the Russian air complex near MIG

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35035 (2016-02-14)
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