For the moment, the Madrid Principles are not the key element in the Karabakh peace process. In the given process high priority is given to the negotiations themselves, which ensure relative peace in the conflict zone, Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament, member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Hermine Naghdalyan has told ArmInfo's correspondent when commenting on Nagorno-Karabakh Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan's latest statement about the unacceptability of the Madrid Principles to Stepanakert.
Washington on Thursday voiced "deep concern" over arrest of prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus, and criminal charges against her and her husband, Arif Yunus, who were accused of high treason, tax evasion and other economic crimes, Turan reported.
The Yerevan-Sevan-Ijevan-Azeri border highway, which was closed on July 16, will be opened in late August in case of favorable weather conditions, the Armenian Ministry of Transport and Communication reports.
The Embassy of the United States in Armenia has sent Armenian businessmen messages urging them to refrain from contacts with Russian companies as this implies additional reputational risks, President of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen of Armenia Arsen Kazaryan told journalists on Thursday.
On 1 June the Public Services Regulatory Commission took a decision to increase the electricity tariff for the Armenian population by 10% starting from 1 August 2014. In accordance with the consumer watchdog's decision, the daytime tariff for the population grew to 41.85 AMD per 1 KW/h versus the current 38 AMD (up 10.1%) and the night- time tariff - to 31.85 AMD versus the current 28 AMD (up 13.7%).
The press-service of the Audit Chamber of Armenia has disclaimed the statement by Hovhannes Grigoryan, a representative of the Pension Fund, one of the accused in the case over ex-head of the Pension Fund Vazgen Khachikyan, claiming that Khachikyan had once paid $250,000 to Ishkhan Zakaryan, Head of the Audit Chamber, and was going to pay more later.
VTB is critical of the EU's decision to restrict its access to capital markets.
According to the press service of VTB Bank (Armenia), this is contrary to the democratic values of the Europeans, who are just doing the Americans' bidding against their own interests.
"In relation to the U.S. sanctions against a number of Russian banks, including VTB Bank OJSC, we announce that VTB Bank (Armenia) is operating as usual, providing the full spectrum of services related to deposit and loan contracts, as well as money transfers and payments by means of bankcards", says the official press release of VTB Bank (Armenia).
The Boards of Juries of International Feature, International Documentary, the Armenian Panorama and the Apricot Stone short film competition as well as the FIPRESCI and ECUMENICAL accordingly have announced this year's competition results at the official closing ceremony of the festival on July 19 held at the Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Yerevan.
Rostelecom has launched a 40Gbs network in Yerevan.
According to Rostelecom's press service, the network is supposed to provide the company's individual and corporate customers with stable high-speed Internet access. The network is based on technologies by Extreme Networks, one of the world's networking leaders.
Armenia's Nature Protection Minister, Aramais Grigoryan, accompanied by the governor of Syunik region, Vahe Hakopyan, and other officials visited today the tailing dumps of Zangezur copper and molybdenum plant, "Dundee Precious Metals Kapan" and Agarak copper and molybdenum plant.