A group of journalists on 4 police has arrived at the building of the Police Patrol Service Regiment in Erebuni district of Yerevan. ArmInfo's correspondent reports from the scene, that Sasna Tsrer group will give a press conference from the building. The information about the meeting will be provided afterwards.
Charges have been pressed against three citizens of Armenia for participation in mass disorders occurred in the night of 21 July, the press- service of the Armenia's Investigative Committee informs.
Sasna Tsrer armed group has released the rest two hostages-Deputy Chief of Police of Armenia Major General Vardan Yeghiazaryan and Deputy Chief of Police of Yerevan Colonel Valery Osipyan, the mass media reports, however the information has not been officially confirmed yet. In the morning Sasna Tsrer released another two hostages following the negotiations.
Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized the European Union's statement related to the recent events in Yerevan. "Yesterday during briefing of the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry we gave assessments on dramatic situation in Yerevan. We pointed attention at the statement made on the issue by the European Union's representation office in Armenia agreed with the heads of diplomatic missions of the EU member countries accredited to the country.
In the current standoff and hostage situation in Yerevan, it is extremely important to prevent bloodshed, Shant TV reports citing Vitaly Balasanyan, Major General, Karabakh War Hero.
Foreign Ministry of Armenia is verifying if there were citizens of Armenia among the Friday Munich shooting casualties, Tigran Balayan, Spokesperson for the Foreign Minister of Armenia, told ArmInfo.
The National Security Service of Armenia has confirmed the media reports that two of the four hostages kept at the building of the Police Patrol Station in Yerevan that was seized on July 17 by an armed group calling itself "Daredevils of Sasoun" were released earlier today.
National Security Service of Armenia reported on July 22 that two persons tied to the armed group that seized the Police Patrol Service Regiment in Yerevan were detained.
Armenian parliamentarian Nikol Pashinyan has slammed the first president of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan for his statements on the seized Police Patrol Service Regiment in Yerevan.
Two of the last four hostages kept at the building of the Police Patrol Station in Yerevan that was seized on July 17 by an armed group calling itself "Daredevils of Sasoun" has been released today, as the hostage situation entered day 7.
Speaker of Armenian Parliament Galust Sahakyan called rumors the spread information on possible resignation of the Armenian government related to the events near the building of the Patrol-Guard Service Regiment in Erebuni district of Yerevan.
Destabilization of the situation and pressure on authorities prevail in "Sasna Tsrer" group's actions, senior specialist at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, head of the Scientific Society of Caucasian Studies Alexander Krylov expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.
Armenia's former president, leader of oppositionist Armenian National Congress Levon Ter-Petrosyan made a statement related to seizure of the building of the Patrol- Guard Service Regiment in Erebuni district.
The standoff in Yerevan after a group of armed veterans of the Karabakh war seized the Police Patrol Service Regiment continues longer than we can afford. President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan made such statement at today's meeting with the heads of the law- enforcement agencies over the standoff and hostage situation in Yerevan.
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received the heads of the National Security Service, Police, Prosecutor's Office and the Investigation Committee.
Immediately after his meeting with the armed group "Daredevils of Sasoun" that seized the police station in Yerevan demanding resignation of the president and release of the jailed oppositionist Jirayr Sefilyan, General Vitaly Balasanyan, Artsakh War Hero, met with President Serzh Sargsyan, according to the local Zhoghovurd newspaper.
Social media warn that a physical attack is being prepared on Nikol Pashinyan, an oppositionist member of the Armenian Parliament, leader of the Civil Contact Party. Social media say the oppositionist must be attacked in crowd.
So far there is a chance to avoid armed clashes and end the standoff and hostage situation in Yerevan. At least, the behavior of the authorities shows that they do not want to launch a military operation to release the hostages and arrest the armed group that seized the Police Patrol Service Regiment in Yerevan. Director of Institute for Countries of Eastern Europe and CIS Countries in Tel-Aviv, Dr.Alekxander Zinker made such statement talking to ArmInfo.
Defense Ministry of Armenia has confirmed the fact that Azerbaijan's armed forces fired at the school in the near border village of Movses, Tavush region, Armenia.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has slammed the activity of the Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists in a Facebook post today, on July 22.
At the given stage, the task number one for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia is peaceful resolution of the situation in Yerevan after the Police Patrol Service Regiment in Yerevan's Erebuni districted was seized by armed loyalists of the jailed oppositionist Jirayr Sefilyan.
Night was calm near the seized building of the Patrol Police Station in Yerevan's Erebuni district. According to ArmInfo's correspondent, the operation for disarming the group calling itself "Daredevils of Sasoun" that seized the police station building on July 17 enters day 6, while 4 police officers, including Deputy Chairman of Yerevan Police Valery Osipyan and Deputy Head of Armenian Police Vardan Yeghiazarya, are still hostages.
"Perhaps the most important geopolitical development of mid-July 2016 was not the continuing conflict in the South China Sea, the failed coup in Turkey, or terrorist violence in France-all of which attracted considerable international attention-but rather the quiet signing, in Moscow, of an agreement by Russian, Iranian, Azerbaijani and Indian officials to open a north-south rail line in the Caucasus," says Paul Goble in his article "Moscow 'Bypassing' Armenia to Reach Azerbaijan, Iran and India" published by The Jamestown Foundation.
Armenian parliamentarian, former foreign minister of Armenia, leader of the Unity Party Vartan Oskanuian sees the solution to the current situation in Yerevan in political field only.
The meeting between General Vitaly Balasanyan, Artsakh War Hero, and the Karabakh war veterans that seized the building of the Patrol-Guard Service Regiment in Yerevan is over. Balasanyan has arrived from Nagorno Karabakh Republic to negotiate with the group that calls itself "Daredevils of Sasoun".
"We condemn the seizure of the Patrol Service Regiment building in Yerevan," Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry, said at the July 21 press briefing. "We support the measures taken by the Armenian authorities," Zakharova said.
EU Delegation in Armenia has disseminated a statement on recent events in Yerevan where an armed group seized a building of the police station.
Russian analyst Sergey Markedonov is sure that the Russian policy's stagnant Armenian vector is fraught with "Ukrainization" of Armenia.
The authorities have sent General Vitaly Balasanyan, Artsakh War Hero, to negotiate with the armed group that seized the building of the Patrol-Guard Service Regiment in Yerevan. To that end, Balasanyan has arrived from Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
Role of April war in current protests in Armenia should not be underestimated; Russian analyst Sergey Markedonov expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.
As of 9:00am July 21, 51 citizens applied to medical centers as result of clashes at Khorenatsi Street. 28 of them are policemen, 15 of which received outpatient care, Armenia's Healthcare Minister Armen Muradyan informed today after the session of the government.