#13425212 at 2021-04-14 21:21:20 (UTC+1) Q Research General #17005: Our Police Are Under Attack Across America Edition
Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan has said that he will step down during the last ten days of April in order to disband parliament and call early elections
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#13424900 at 2021-04-14 20:36:18 (UTC+1) Q Research General #17005: Our Police Are Under Attack Across America Edition
Armenia's Pashinyan to step down in late April
Elections will be held on June 20, the outgoing PM said
YEREVAN, April 14. /TASS/. Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan has said that he will step down during the last ten days of April in order to disband parliament and call early elections.
"I will tender my resignation during the last ten days of April as it was agreed between the parliamentary forces and the president," Pashinyan told parliament on Wednesday. "In order to adhere to all protocol procedures on the seventh day I will nominate myself for premiership. All other factions will refrain from nominating their candidates, and my party My Step will not elect me as prime minister. Then my faction will nominate me and reject my candidature again. The parliament will be disbanded and elections will be held on June 20," he said.
#13184250 at 2021-03-11 07:06:48 (UTC+1) Q Research General #16727: Mask Narrative Failing Edition
Azerbaijan Preparing for New War Against Armenia
Although Azerbaijan, with assistance from Syrian mercenaries and Turkish special forces, recaptured seven districts surrounding the former Soviet Union's Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast from Armenian personnel, it appears that a new conflict is about to break out. After a humiliating loss due to Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan's unpreparedness and/or disinterest in maintaining control over the seven districts, a direct land route was supposedly granted to Azerbaijan so it can access its Nakhchivan exclave via a corridor through Armenia's Syunik province, which Azerbaijani's call Zangezur. This was supposedly agreed upon with the signing of the November 10 trilateral (Armenia-Azerbaijan-Russia) ceasefire agreement.
Monte Melkonian, a Lieutenant Colonel from the first Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988-1994), said in the early 1990's that if Armenians lost Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan, they would next lose Syunik Province, the thin strip of land separating Azerbaijan-proper from Nakhchivan. He stated that "If we lose [Karabakh], we turn the final page of our people's history." He believed that if Azerbaijani forces succeeded in deporting Armenians from Karabakh, they would then advance on Syunik and other regions of Armenia. If Azerbaijan were to capture Syunik province, this would not only connect Azerbaijan-proper to Nakhchivan, but it would also give Turkey direct access to the oil and gas rich Caspian Sea and onwards to Central Asia.
Azerbaijan defends its position to recapture Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has also maintained that his country is only interested in recapturing what it calls occupied territory.
However, Turkish and Azerbaijani nationalists have called for the occupation of Syunik province to end Nakhchivan's detachment from Azerbaijan-proper. Many prominent Armenians warn that the long-term aim of Turkey and Azerbaijan is to create a smaller Armenian rump state based around today's northern Armenia.It appears that Azerbaijan is preparing for a new military conflict to capture Syunik from Armenia.
Aliyev said during a speech at an economic conference last week that a "new transport corridor will pass through Zangezur, a historic territory of Azerbaijan, and will connect mainland Azerbaijan with its integral part, the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, and Turkey." Ignoring Aliyev's fallacy that Syunik is historically Azerbaijani territory, Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan claimed that "with such a provocative statement, calling Zangezur a 'historic Azerbaijani territory' and making reference to an imaginary corridor, the President of Azerbaijan deliberately undermines the implementation of the November 9 and January 11 trilateral statements. Article 9 of the November 9 trilateral statement does not mention the establishment of a corridor."
#13055386 at 2021-02-26 22:02:53 (UTC+1) Q Research General #16627: Friday Funday Edition Edition
Armenian Sources Share Another Video Allegedly Showing Iskander Launches During Recent Karabakh War
Pro-Armenian Telegram channels shared another video allegedly showing the usage of Iskander missiles during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020.
Earlier, claims by Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan claimed that Iskander missiles worked on '10%' only blaming the military failure in the Karabakh conflict on them. This statement triggered a strong criticism from the Armenian General Staff, which even called on Pashinyan to resign. The entire situation caused a new loop of political crisis in Armenia.
In its own statements on the situation, the Russian Defense Ministry and the Azerbaijani Presidency said that they have not observed the usage of Iskander missiles by Armenia during the conflict. MORE ABOUT THE ONGOING CRISIS HERE
#13047001 at 2021-02-25 20:40:46 (UTC+1) Q Research General #16617: It's All Coming Down Edition
Pashinyan Clings To Power And Claims "Military Coup" As Army Demands His Resignation
On February 25th, the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces issued a statement demanding Prime Minister NikolPashinyan's resignation.
It came to this after Pashinyan fired the Chief of General Staff over a comment that the Russian Iskander missiles weren't the reason Armenia lost the war against Azerbaijan.
"The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia expresses its strong protest against the dismissal of the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia for short-sighted and unjustified reasons, which was carried out without taking into account the national and state interests of the Republic of Armenia, based only on personal and ambitious feelings.
The Prime Minister and the Government of Armenia are no longer able to make adequate decisions in this crisis and fateful situation for the Armenian people.
The Armenian Armed Forces have long patiently endured "attacks" aimed at discrediting the Armed Forces by the current government, but there is a limit to everything.
The Armed Forces of Armenia fulfilled their duty with honor, fought shoulder to shoulder with their people against the enemy.
In connection with the current situation, the armed forces of Armenia demand the resignation of the Prime Minister and the Government of the Republic of Armenia, while warning them to refrain from using force against the people whose children died defending their Homeland and Artsakh.
The army has always been with the people, just as the people are with the army."
This was published in a familiar field for Pashinyan - on Facebook.
He immediately started moving, calling for his supporters to take to the streets and claimed that this was a "military coup" attempt.
Pashinyan during a live broadcast on Facebook about the dismissal of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces:
"The situation is very difficult. You know that I made a decision to remove the Chief of the General Staff and his first deputy. I will announce the reason for these decisions in the square. The most important task now is to preserve civil and people's power."
Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan, who is now in Yerevan, made a statement:
"I advise all sides to show composure and sanity, otherwise our defeat will deepen and become even more fatal. Enough, how much blood we have shed, now is the time to soften the crisis and take the path of long-term development and strengthening."
Harutyunyan added that he is ready to fulfill a mediating mission in overcoming the political crisis in Armenia.
Police are being sent to Republic Square in Yerevan.
Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan warned of an attempted military coup against him on Thursday, and thousands took to the streets of the capital to support him after the army demanded he and his government resign.
Russia, an ally of Armenia which has a military base in Armenia, said it was alarmed by events in the former Soviet republic and called for the situation to be resolved peacefully and within the constitution.
Pashinyan, 45, has faced calls to quit since November after what critics said was his disastrous handling of a six-week conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave and surrounding areas.
Ethnic Armenian forces ceded swathes of territory to Azerbaijan in the fighting and Russia, which worries about instability in the former Soviet Union, has deployed peacekeepers to the enclave, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated by ethnic Armenians.
Pashinyan, a former journalist who swept to power in a peaceful revolution in May 2018, has rejected calls to step down despite opposition protests. He says he takes responsibility for what happened but now needs to ensure his country's security.
On Thursday, the army added its voice to those calling for him to resign.
"The ineffective management of the current authorities and the serious mistakes in foreign policy have put the country on the brink of collapse," the army said in a statement.
It denounced Pashinyan's sacking of the first deputy head of the army's general staff, a move it described as irresponsible, groundless and detrimental to the state.
Two former presidents - Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sarksyan - released statements calling on Armenians to throw their support behind the military. It was unclear whether the army was willing to use force to back its statement, in which it called for Pashinyan to resign.
Pashinyan responded by calling on his followers to rally in the centre of the capital, Yerevan, to support him and took to Facebook to address the nation in a livestream.
"WE HAVE ALREADY SHED ENOUGH BLOOD"
"The most important problem now is to keep the power in the hands of the people, because I consider what is happening to be a military coup," Pashinyan said.
He then appeared with his wife, son and daughter outside the main government building where several thousand of his supporters had gathered. He said it was vital to avoid confrontation despite the mounting tension.
"The danger of the coup is manageable," he said. "We don't have enemies inside Armenia. We have only brothers and sisters."
He was expected to address supporters again later on Thursday.
Several thousand opposition supporters staged a rival protest on a different square in the capital. Crowds there could be seen cheering and clapping as a fighter jet flew overhead in footage circulated by Russia's RIA news agency.
In Pashinyan's earlier livestream, he said he had dismissed the head of the general staff of the armed forces, a move that still needs to be signed off by the president.
Pashinyan said a replacement would be announced later and that the crisis would be overcome constitutionally.
Arayik Harutyunyan, president of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, offered to act as a mediator between Pashinyan and the general staff.
"We have already shed enough blood. It's time to overcome the crises and move on," he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Armenian counterpart by telephone that Moscow considered the crisis a domestic matter for Armenia but hoped it would be resolved peacefully, the Russian foreign ministry said.
#12159642 at 2020-12-24 19:32:37 (UTC+1) Q Research General #15524: With Self Discipline, Almost Anything Is Possible Edition
Azerbaijan seeks to improve relations between Israel and Turkey
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov turned to Jerusalem with the proposal Baku could help build new bridges between Israel and Turkey.
Israel and Turkey both offered the government of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev military support during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War. Now Baku suggested to Jerusalem and Ankara it could help build new bridges between its two allies, Walla! reported on Wednesday.
Israeli technology and Turkish military know-how allegedly provided Aliyev with drones and other weapons that eventually helped his forces take the city of Shusha from Armenian hands and sign a cease-fire agreement with the government of Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan.
Aliyev allegedly phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week and suggested various paths into improving diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel.
While economic and security relations between Jerusalem and Ankara have continued despite a rocky past, Erdogan has a history of publicly slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkey expelled Israeli ambassador Eitan Na'eh two years ago.
In October, Erdogan opened the Turkish parliament's legislative session with a speech that addressed the city of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people, in which he stated: "Jerusalem is our city."
Erdogan was reported to respond positively to the overtures, Walla! reported, and officials in Azerbaijan told their Israeli counterparts that the Turkish politician was swayed into anti-Israeli rhetoric due to the influence of former aids.
Last week, Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov allegedly called Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to discuss the same issue with the message that his country would be interested to see both of its allies enjoying improved relations.
While no officials were willing to comment on record concerning the call, it is possible both Netanyahu and Erdogan are watching Washington closely., hoping to present US president-elect Joe Biden with two strong regional allies of the US getting along better than ever when he begins his term in the White House.
Another issue that Turkey might wish to see resolved is that of gas. Israel is intimately involved with both Greece and Cyprus in regional energy operations that Ankara might wish to influence. However, it seems unlikely Israel would be willing to damage already established deals to appease a Turkish leader known to speak ill of the Jewish state.
Israel provided the weapons for the recent war on Albania
#11972432 at 2020-12-10 19:48:18 (UTC+1) Q Research General #15284: E-bake
$5bn For 7 Districts: Leaked Conversation Between Lukashenko And Sargsyan Shows Who Truly Betrayed Armenia
Following the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, and the refusal of Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan to assume any actual responsibility, there's been quite a bit of chaos in Armenia.
Pashinyan has blamed everybody for the failure, including the people themselves, the opposition, the international community, and the previous Armenian leadership.
However, on December 7th, a leaked conversation was reminded of between Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and third President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan.
The conversation took place back in the autumn of 2016, at the CSTO summit in Yerevan.
The ex-president's press service has confirmed the authenticity of the recording.
Notably, in the conversation Lukashenko tells Sargsyan to give up the 7 districts of Nagorno-Karabakh that Azerbaijan got after the peace deal was struck on November 10th, 2020.
Lukashenko said that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev offered to pay $5 billion for Yerevan to give up the districts.
In response, Sargsyan, who Pashinyan dubbed a traitor, said that he would pay Aliyev $6 billion to give up on these 7 districts.
"Regarding the audio recording, which was disseminated by one of the telegram channels last night, the office of the third president received numerous requests from the media, who want to find out whether the discussion contained in the audio recording is true, when it took place, where and why the third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, has not yet spoke about it," the Sargsyan office commented.
Armenians are mostly perplexed as to how the recording of the non-public conversation of the presidents during the meeting in a restricted format at the session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held in Yerevan on October 14, 2016, ended up on the Internet.
"The office of the third president accepts the publication of the audio recording as fact and refrains from commenting, given the fact that the meetings held in a closed format are not subject to comment, as they were not subject to until now," the commentary said.
According to the conversation, Lukashenko does not agree with Sargsyan's assertion that seven districts will "bare" the borders of Artsakh and leave its 150,000-population face to face with Azerbaijan. Therefore, real security mechanisms are needed.
The Belarusian leader offers the CSTO as an organization to take responsibility.
"For example, we must send certain peacekeeping forces there," he said.
But at the same time, he doubted that having received the regions, the President of Azerbaijan will start a war.
"Your position is weak. I will not give up seven districts, because then you will immediately start fighting against me. And if you do not start," he told Sargsyan.
In response, the back-then Armenian leader answered:
"Of course, what does it mean if he doesn't start? And if he does? Alexander Grigorievich, why just give it away, I don't understand."
And this is when Lukashenko says Aliyev is ready to pay Armenia 5 billion (dollars) in the first stage. The President of Armenia says that he is ready to give Aliyev 6 billion, and let him give up these regions.
Also, according to the President of Armenia, he cannot give these seven regions, since the blood of five thousand Armenian soldiers has been shed there.
"So what? We've lost 30 million, but we are not at war with the Germans," Lukashenko said.
#11929270 at 2020-12-07 02:03:20 (UTC+1) Q Research General #15227: Mark Your Calendars So You Never Forget Edition
Nagorno-Karabakh: The Aftermath of the Attack on Artsakh
Now that Turkey has become a presidential one-party state ruled by Recep Tayyip Erdo?an (aka the Prez), like in Ottoman times, the country's affairs are once again being run from the palace - the Be?tepe Palace in Ankara, to be precise. Living in this huge palace in conjunction with his wife Emine, the one-time humble and modest Erdo?an has now become a man whom his critics call a "billionaire several times over," holding "at least eight Swiss bank accounts" and who has in the past "faced 13 corruption probes" which were never resolved due to his parliamentary immunity.
In spite of these allegations of sheer avarice and rank corruption, or "the misuse of public power for private benefit," as an individual, Tayyip Erdo?an is deeply attached to his religion and he has been at pains to implement what I have termed a veritable 'policy of Sunnification' in the country in an effort to 'make Turkey Muslim again.' Over the past years, Erdo?an has skillfully used his Justice and Development Party (or AKP) to transform the Turkish nation state into an Islamic state in all but name called the New Turkey, well and truly embarked on a post-Kemalist path leading further and further away from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938)'s example and principles. Still, this seemingly novel political construct more often than not relies on policies and relationships harking back to the good old day when Turkish nationalism was all but synonymous with the Kemalism.
Recently, Turkey's traditionally close ties to the Turkic nation state on the Caspian Sea have been revived again - "Turkey recognized Azerbaijan's independence on 9 November 1991," prior to the official fall of the Soviet Union (26 December 1991), and the recent revival of cordiality has also led to the outbreak of a new war in the Southern Caucasus. In this way, the Prez has suddenly become very close to Azerbaijan's strongman, President Ilham Aliyev, whom the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (or OCCRP) awarded the epithet "Corrupt Person of the Year" in 2012. As a result, it seems obvious that Turkey's Prez and his Azerbaijani strongman are nothing but a couple of swells, whose personal proclivities are now also matched by their public policies, bringing Ankara and Baku even closer together.
Between 27 September 2020 and 10 November 2020 (or six weeks all together), the Republic of Azerbaijan attacked Armenian positions in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh (known as Artsakh, to Armenians) as well as targets in Armenia proper.
Though the Armenian side displayed a lot of bravado during the conflict, in the end Armenia's PM NikolPashinyan agreed to Russian mediation in order to bring an end to further bloodshed. The resultant agreement was hailed as a victory by Azerbaijan and its brother-in-arms, Turkey. In fact, in the succeeding hours a video recording of the Azerbaijani strongman Aliyev emerged on social media, with the latter mocking Armenia's PM, ostentatiously asking, "What happened Pashinyan?"
#11786394 at 2020-11-25 23:40:57 (UTC+1) Q Research General #15044: Gonna Be a Fantastic Thanksgiving Edition
French Senate Adopted Resolution Calling To Recognition Of Nagorno-Karabakh
The French Senate voted in favor of the resolution on the need to recognize the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). This resolution is only a recommendation in its nature and is calling on the government of the country to recognize the independence of the Republic of Artsakh.
The text of the resolution was presented by the leaders of the five largest parliamentary factions.
The decision to adopt the resolution was taken almost unanimously. Among 336 senators, only one voted against, and 305 voted for the adoption of resolution.
The resolution not only contains an appeal to the recognition of the Republic, it also demands the withdrawal of Azerbaijani military forces from the territories occupied since the outbreak of clashes on September 27. Today, 16 localities of the Kelbajar region of Nagorno-Karabakh came under the control of Azerbaijan. The remaining localities that come under Baku's control are located in Lachin (52), Martakert (8), Hadrut (29), Shusha (2), Askeran (8) and Martuni (6) regions.
The adopted resolution one more time stressed out the necessity OSCE of implementation to the peace process in Nagorno-Karabakh, the only way for France to realize its influence in the region.
Armenian Prime-minister NikolPashinyan hurried up to express his gratitude to the French Senate, publishing a post in Twitter in French.
France remains the main Western supporter of Armenia. The Armenian diaspora in France is the largest in Europe. The political establishment of Armenia, especially the Pashinyan's administration, is strongly linked to France. For example, there is the French University in Yerevan, where the future Armenian political elite studies, and it is directly managed from France.
"Charles de Gaulle said:" France cannot be a France without greatness." Today, it is the parliament that is the embodiment of this greatness, supporting the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh. We could not avoid the war, we will do everything to avoid dishonor, "said Senator Valerie Boye.
Officially, the French Senate proclaims its commitment to the human rights support and its readiness to prevent the new escalation in the region, blames the Azerbaijani attack and its war crimes.
However, the real French support to the citizens of Nagorno-Karabakh is mostly declarative. At the moment, only one plain with humanitarian aid was sent to Yerevan. It is not compared, for example, to the Russian humanitarian support.
France's main aim is to prevent the spread of Turkish influence in the region.
"Only its independence can guarantee the rights and freedoms of the populations of Nagorno-Karabakh which faces Turkish Islamist expansionism," the Senator said in a Twitter post.
It is difficult to imagine that the French government will follow the recommendation to recognize Artsakh. How could France do so, while even the Armenian government with N. Pashinyan is not hurrying up to give the independence to this region?!
#11701580 at 2020-11-19 04:50:31 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14939: Corruption is WinconSin Election Board's Middle Name Edition
PUTIN: Pashinyan Refused Deployment of Russian Peacekeepers Weeks Before The Fall of Shushi
MOSCOW - On November 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin held press-conference answering questions about the situation in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and the Azeri-Armenian negotiations. Putin provided a great insight into the diplomatic background of the war and the posture of the pro-Western government of Armenia, led by Soros-backed Prime Minister NikolPashinyan.
The Russian president stated that the most important achievement was to stop the bloodshed.
"I have already said that according to official figures alone, over 4,000 people have died. I think that in reality the figures are higher. Tens of thousands are wounded and mutilated. Look, this is not a movie. This is a tragedy that has befallen real people, real families. Therefore, stopping the bloodshed is the main result.
However, to understand what is happening we will still have to go back into history, literally in a few words. I have to recall that it all started in the already remote year of 1988, when ethnic clashes took place in the Azerbaijani city of Sumgayit. Armenian civilians fell victim to these events, and later it spread to Nagorno-Karabakh.
And since the Soviet Union's leaders did not react duly to these events... let me say it again: these are sensitive issues, and I do not want to side with anyone or decide who was right or wrong. It is no longer possible to determine this now, but it was necessary to put things in order and protect civilians, and this was not done. At that point, the Armenians themselves took up arms, and this protracted conflict, a conflict building for many years, broke out. Eventually, it led to a declaration of independence, sovereignty and self-reliance by Karabakh in 1991. The Bishkek agreements were signed in 1994 and this Bishkek memorandum stopped the hostilities at that time.
What happened as a result? Karabakh declared independence, as I have said, and another seven adjacent regions came under the control of the Armenians, that is, Armenia.
This is basically what we inherited from the past and this is the problem we had to resolve.
I believe the fact that hostilities have stopped and, importantly, the parties agreed to unblock the roads and to restore economic ties is critically important and creates a good basis for normalising relations for the long term," Putin said.
Putin also revealed that the war could've been stopped weeks ago (in October, before the full collapse of the Armenian defense in the south of Artsakh and the fall of the key stronghold of Sushi), but Pashinyan was refusing to accept Russian peacekeepers in the region and allow displaced Azerbaijani people to return to the region, including Sushi.
#11644466 at 2020-11-14 19:50:45 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14867: Lock [Them] all up Edition
==Ex-head of Armenian national security detained on suspicion of assassination plot
Armenian National Security Service detained ==
Artur Vanetsyan on the suspicion of usurping power and preparing the assassination of Prime Minister NikolPashinyan, Vanetsyan's lawyer Lusine Sahakyan said
YEREVAN, November 14. / TASS /. Armenian National Security Service detained its former head, the leader of the Rodina party, Artur Vanetsyan on the suspicion of usurping power and preparing the assassination of Prime Minister NikolPashinyan, Vanetsyan's lawyer Lusine Sahakyan wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday.
"Today Artur Vanetsyan was invited to the Investigative Department of the National Security Service and detained. The authorities charged him based on false suspicions of usurping power and preparing the murder of NikolPashinyan," she wrote.
On November 12, the Special Investigation Service of Armenia decided to put ten opposition politicians under preliminary arrest, including Vanetsyan, the leader of the Prosperous Armenia party Gagik Tsarukyan and the representative of the Dashnaktsutyun party Ishkhan Saghatelyan on charges of organizing an illegal meeting. On November 13 they were all released from custody. Protests demanding Pashinyan's resignation have been held in Armenia since November 10.
On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting on November 10. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would maintain the positions that they had held and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region.
#11617677 at 2020-11-13 03:19:16 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14832: Dotting the I's and Crossing the T's Edition
Moscow Expects Implementation of Aliyev's Pledge to Investigate Mi-24 Incident
In the early hours of Tuesday, the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement on a ceasefire in Karabakh. Under the new deal, Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at their current positions and exchange prisoners.
The meeting of the Armenian parliament's council, which was scheduled to discuss the extraordinary session of the legislative body, did not take place due to the lack of a quorum, Naira Zohrabyan, a lawmaker from the Prosperous Armenia opposition faction, head of the standing parliamentary commission for the protection of human rights and public affairs, said.
A massive opposition rally was held in Yerevan on Wednesday, its participants demanded the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan due to his signing of an agreement on a ceasefire in the unrecognised republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Among the demands of the demonstrators was the convening of an extraordinary session of parliament to discuss the resignation of the prime minister.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement that he had signed a joint declaration with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan on a new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, which goes into effect starting Tuesday. Under the new deal, Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at their current positions, exchange prisoners and allow for Russian peacekeepers to be deployed in the region.
A new round of hostilities started on 27 September when Yerevan and Baku both accused the other side of provocations on the line of contact. While most countries have called for restraint on both sides, Turkey declared it would provide Azerbaijan with any support it requires.
#11611723 at 2020-11-12 20:01:27 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14825: Not everyone on the Electoral College is eligible to be there Edition
From Hiding, Pashinyan Issues More Excuses Through Facebook, Doesn't Mention Resignation
On November 12th, Prime Minister of Armenia NikolPashinyan and the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian met and discussed the current situation in the country.
Prior to that, Artsakh Justice Minister Siran Avetisyan presented a letter of resignation to the President of Artsakh Araik Harutyunyan explaining the decision as coming down to differing political views.
Around midday on November 12th, Prime Minister, again through Facebook, issued an address to the Armenian people.
The statement, in its entirety can be read below:
"Having signed this sad document, I knew that I was under threat not only politically, but also physically, but it was more important for me to save the lives of 25 thousand of our soldiers.
Why didn't you resign in order not to sign this document? This would be desertion and an attempt to leave a difficult situation to another leader.
This document does not imply a meaningful solution to the Karabakh conflict. This document is about ending the war in Karabakh. The Karabakh conflict was not resolved then, and it is not resolved now.
I and the President of Karabakh did not provide full information about the deplorable situation, so as not to cause panic.
We have done everything to preserve every inch of Karabakh.
We fought against three armies. But, unfortunately, we were not able to fully support our army.
Yes, the signed document is very bad for Armenia, but we should not make it worse.
The document provides for the unblocking of all regional roads and provides for a railway between Iran and Armenia.
Russian peacekeepers will ensure the security of the residents of Karabakh throughout the territory. They will ensure the stability of the road connection between Stepanakert and Yerevan. Our task is to ensure stability in the country.
We will not allow representatives of the former government to create chaos in the country. We have a future. We must draw conclusions and understand the mistakes.
The problem is that the most important function of the commander is to solve the problem for the soldier. But when a soldier cannot influence further events in any way, it is no longer the soldier who must die, but the Motherland must make sacrifices for the sake of the soldier's life.
That's why I signed this infamous contract. I chose the lives of 25,000 soldiers over my career and my life.
Why didn't I consult with the people before signing the document? For a very simple reason. In the course of communicating with the people, I had to publicly and honestly present an objective situation, and this meant providing detailed information to the enemy as well, informing a detailed plan for the encirclement of our soldiers in the amount of 25 thousand people in a matter of hours.
They talk about the surrender of Meghri. This is absolutely ridiculous. We are just talking about opening regional transport links. In this case, the roads from Azerbaijan to Nakhichevan are opened, but at the same time the road from Yerevan to Syunik region via Nakhichevan is also unblocked."
What becomes apparent is this: Pashinyan refuses to resign and clings to power, he says he "ended his career" but he plans on continuing to lead the country.
#11596025 at 2020-11-11 21:31:44 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14805: Interdasting Times Edition
Chaos In Armenia Ramping Up As Pashinyan Refuses To Give Up Power, Leads Country Through Facebook
The political crisis in Armenia due to the loss and presumed treason by the Yerevan government appears to be ramping up.
Prime Minister NikolPashinyan - who is in hiding somewhere and gives statements over the internet - refuses to resign, together with his entire entourage.
On November 10th, Arguments and scuffles have broken out in Armenia's parliament as protesters angry at a ceasefire deal with Azerbaijan seized control of its chamber to denounce the country's leadership.
And citizens, who are attacking Radio Liberty offices, as well as thrashing the office of the Soros Foundation in Yerevan seem to be becoming aware that the pro-Western policy of the government actually cost the country an adequate response in Nagorno-Karabakh.
A defeat such as these could have been avoided, and the results could've been less severe than they are.
The Armenian opposition provided two important steps to reclaim Karabakh:
1. "Get rid of the power that ceded Karabakh"
2. "Form a government of national unity"
"This is our plan. From that moment on, the Committee for the Salvation of the Motherland has been operating, to which power in the country is transferred," said Ishkhan Saghatelyan, a representative of the opposition Dashnaktsutyun party.
Below is an overview of the situation by Re:Artsakh, who are an extremely pro-Armenian government media which covered the conflict:
"We are trying very hard so far to adhere to a relatively non-judgmental position, but damn it, NikolPashinyan, as if with a drilling device, is burying himself as a politician, not to mention as a leader, in desperate attempts to justify his own failures. And naturally this is a failure, and we are convinced that it is primarily a political one, which has pulled along a military one.
Essentially, or in the bottom line, as you wish, 4 years of the most exhausting war in the 90s and the next 26 crooked, lame, oblique, but years, we held Artsakh. Yes, of course, we do not diminish the responsibility of all previous leaders of Armenia, responsibility for the result of today should be collective, including all presidents from 91 years old, defense ministers, prime ministers of both republics.
The political prerequisites that led us to the "ala-peace agreement" still require careful analysis, and first, at least to find peace, because in angry emotional outbursts, we cannot find the truth. But more on that later.
NikolPashinyan, with his yesterday's today's and we believe with subsequent statements, and probably actions, will find a justification for his (or not his, time will tell) decision in signing a "peace agreement". For example, he does it extremely unsuccessfully, he tries to scatter all the dogs that were launched on him, either blaming Gagik Tsarukyan and his detachment for the indecision, then declaring that "the thugs of parliament, stealing his perfume and watches" would have better smashed the enemy near Shushi , then lamenting the former presidents that they left a difficult legacy (which, of course, it is difficult to disagree with), then referring to the guys recording video messages in defense of Varchapet (by the way, there are also questions about some of these videos, but maybe more about that later) ...
We would like to emphasize that whoever and to what extent is not guilty or involved, but it is the leader of the Republic of Armenia, the guarantor of the security of Artsakh, which NikolPashinyan has been since 2018, bears full responsibility, including for the internal political situation, which, in the opinion of a considerable part of society, played a fatal role, although in our opinion the primary reason is different."
Even the most active supporters and promoters of the Armenian course that the government had undertaken, the situation for NikolPashinyan and the government is quite precarious, and there is little hope for him to preserve his power, the pro-Western Soros-funded activists and now policy-makers entirely failed the population of Armenia, as well as the population of the self-proclaimed independent republic of Artsakh.
#11567277 at 2020-11-10 02:49:11 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14768:Real Clear Politics Edition
Live Updates: Yerevan Shook by Protests After Pashinyan Signs Statement on Ending Karabakh War
Protesters stormed the government headquarters on early Tuesday, smashing windows and furniture inside and demanding the Armenian prime minister to resign.
Unrest continues in the Armenian capital of Yerevan after a new ceasefire statement was adopted by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and the prime minister of Armenia.
Media reports said thousands of people gathered in the centre of the city, while other protesters forced their way into the government headquarters, smashing windows and damaging the furniture inside. Meanwhile, a Sputnik correspondent said President of National Assembly of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan was beaten up by protesters, who demanded Prime Minister NikolPashinyan's resignation.
According to Pashinyan, there was no other way than to sign the joint statement on ceasing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the deal, Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at their current positions, will exchange prisoners and allow for Russian peacekeepers to be deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
#11567050 at 2020-11-10 02:34:06 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14768:Real Clear Politics Edition
Russian-Iranian Ultimatum For Ceasefire In Nagorno-Karabakh
On November 9, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia NikolPashinyan and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a statement declaring a complete ceasefire and armistice in Nagorno-Karabakh from midnight Moscow time.
According to Russian President V. Putin, the armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan were stopped at their current positions, and Russian peace-makers will be deployed along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are obliged to exchange all prisoners, detained persons. Bodies of the dead will be transferred from the battlefield.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees will control the return of displaced people and refugees to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Border Service of the Russian Federation will also assure control over transport communications in the region.
Currently, Iran and Russia were keeping a close watch at the Azerbaijani-Turkish advance in Nagorno-Karabakh. Both countries have their own geopolitical interests in the region. Against the background of the Azerbaijani success, Iran and Russia have formed a joint vision of "red lines", i.e. such a turn of events that will have no room to stand aside the conflict.
It is very likely that such "red lines" included the capture of Shusha, the seizure of the border-line between Nagorno-Karabakh and Iran by Azerbaijani forces, and the imminent threat of a fierce assault on Stepanakert that would cause a humanitarian catastrophe among the local population and a strong resonance in the international area.
#11564522 at 2020-11-10 00:11:53 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14765: Pelosi Has Ties With Election Software â€˜Glitchâ€™ Company
Peacekeepers to Be Deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, Putin Says
The statement on terminating the war in Karabakh on 10 November was signed earlier by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia, and the Armenian prime minister, the Kremlin confirmed.
Peacekeepers will be deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh in accordance with the joint statement signed earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
He said that Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at the occupied positions, adding that the transport hubs in Karabakh will be unblocked. He also said the two sides should exchange prisoners of war.
According to the Russian leader, the new ceasefire agreement will hopefully create conditions for a long-term solution to Nagorno-Karabakh crisis in the interests of both peoples.
Earlier, the Kremlin confirmed the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in Karabakh.
"A statement has been signed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia NikolPashinyan and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. A complete cessation of fire and all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have been announced", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan also wrote on Facebook that he signed the statement on ending the Karabakh war.
#11410212 at 2020-11-02 19:26:05 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14573
Armenian PM to Post: Israel joins forces with the devil
Pashinyan said that it was only a matter of time before Turkey's "imperialistic ambition" will be aimed toward Israel.
Israel has lined up with Turkey, terrorists and Syrian mercenaries in backing Azerbaijan in the current conflict with Armenia, and will eventually suffer the consequence of that unholy alliance, Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview on Monday.
Pashinyan, speaking from Yerevan through an interpreter via Zoom, blasted Jerusalem for arming Azerbaijan, which he said is intent on "carrying out genocide against Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh."
Azerbaijan and Armenia are in the sixth week of fighting over the disputed region, with estimates of the fatalities on both sides ranging from 1,500 to 5,000.
While Israel has not commented formally on the fighting and the Foreign Ministry is trying to keep Israel out of the conflict, Pashinyan said that Israel is now very actively engaged in the conflict, "because Israeli UAVs are actively used in the war against Nagorno-Karabakh."
Armenia recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations in early October just two weeks after it opened an embassy in Tel Aviv to protest arms sales to its enemy
"I think that Israel should think about the following," the prime minister said. "Mercenaries, Islamic terrorists and Israel are now on the same side basically, so Israel should think, is this really a convenient position for it to be?"
Israel should also ponder, he made clear, whether it really wants to be on the same side in the conflict as Turkey, which he claims has moved thousands of Syrian mercenaries into Azerbaijan to fight against Nagorno- Karabakh.
#11309942 at 2020-10-27 21:20:28 (UTC+1) Q Research #14446: Melania Deserves A Decent Baker Edition
Azerbaijan Claims It Assassinated Defense Minister Of Nagorno-Karabakh, While Armenia Captures Syrian Militants In Combat Zone (Videos, Map)
The US-sponsored ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh collapsed. So, Armenia and Azerbaijan continue pound each other and make victoriuos statements.
On October 27, Azerbaijani sources released the video allegedly showing the assassination of Lieutenant General Jalal Harutyunyan in a drone strikes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijani sources claim that he was killed. These reports were denied by the Armenian side.
"This is the second time the Azerbaijani press has been spreading false information about Jalal Harutyunyan - he allegedly died. I must say right away that nothing threatens Mr. Harutyunyan's life, and the wound he received in one of the combat positions, fortunately, is not serious, and very soon he will return to the army," Vahram Poghosyan, a spokesperson of the Republic of Artsakh Pesident, said.
Nonetheless, the Karabakh leadership appointed Mikael Arzumanyan a new defense minister of the self-proclaimed republic. While Armenian sources say that Harutyunyan will soon return to the army, this move indicates that the situation is more complicated that they want to admit.
On October 27 evening, the Armenian Defense Ministry released a map showing their version of the situation in the contested region. Even according to this map, Armenian forces lost almost the entire south of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani forces are close to the Lachin corridor, a vital supply route from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh. An interesting fact is that the Armenians still claim that the town of Hadrut is in their hands. According to them, small 'enemy units' reach the town, make photos and then run away.
Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan also made another address to the nation confirming that the war continues.
According to Azerbaijan, Armenian forces regularly shells settlements and towns behind the front line killing civilians. Baku reported on October 27 that at least four civilians were killed and 10 wounded in Armenian strikes on Goranboy, Tartar, and Barda.
After the month of the war, the Turkish-Azerbaijani bloc continues keeping the initiative in the conflict and exploiting its advantage in air power, artillery, military equipment and manpower. The coming days will likely show either Ankara and Baku are able to deliver a devastating blow to Armenian forces in Karabakh in the nearest future or not. If Armenian forces repel the attack on Lachin, they will get an opportunity to survive till the moment when the 'international community' finally makes some real step to pressure Turkey and Azerbaijan enough to force them to stop the ongoing advance. If this does not happen, the outcome of the war seems to be predetermined.
#11284669 at 2020-10-26 10:39:12 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14415: Master and Servant Edition
No peace again: Nagorno-Karabakh warring parties trade
accusations of violating US-brokered ceasefire
26 Oct, 2020 07:35 / Updated 22 minutes ago
Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating the truce in Nagorno-Karabakh with heavy artillery fire. The reports of renewed hostilities came after a new attempt to reach a ceasefire was announced in Washington.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that Armenian forces had "violated the new humanitarian ceasefire" on Monday by shelling its positions in several locations.
The statement came just minutes after a new ceasefire - a third one agreed for now - was supposed to take effect at 8am local time. It was announced in Washington after Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, met the US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun.
Meanwhile, the army of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic denied the accusations by the Azerbaijani side. Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan wrote on social media that his country is observing the ceasefire.
At the same time, the spokesperson for the Armenian Defense Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, said that Azerbaijani artillery began firing at the positions of the Yerevan-backed Nagorno-Karabakh forces "grossly violating the ceasefire agreement." Azerbaijan, in turn, insisted it is following the truce.
#11225045 at 2020-10-23 02:56:00 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14339: Tightening Up the Ship w/CM Editio
Armenia Launches Ballistic Missiles On Azerbaijan Amid Retreat In Nagorno-Karabakh Region
On the morning of October 22, Armenian forces launched ballistic missiles at targets inside the territory of Azerbaijan. According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, 3 missiles were fired in the direction of the Siyazan region, two in the direction of the Gabala region, and one in the direction of the Kurdamir region. Baku claimed that the strike was aimed at the civilian population and civilian infrastructure. The report provided no details regarding the type of missiles employed. Nonetheless, Armenian forces have so far only employed R-17 Elbrus and OTR-21 Tochka missiles. The Armenian Armed Forces also have several much more modern 9K720 Iskander shot-range ballistic missile systems, but the complex has not yet been employed because the leadership of Armenia is in no hurry to enter a full-out war with Azerbaijan to protect the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as the Republic of Artsakh).
The Armenian Defense Ministry denounced the reports as fake but it should be noted that Yerevan was also denying a ballistic missile strike on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja on October 16, a strike , which killed or injured several dozens of civilians. Later, Armenian sources spent much time marking military objects located in the city on maps. However, the civilian casualties from that strike are the confirmed fact. In their turn, Azerbaijan claims that it has destroyed at least 3 Armenian tactical ballistic complexes. A few of them were struck on the Armenian border area near Karabakh.
On the evening of October 21 and the morning of October 22 , Azerbaijani forces were developing their offensive operations in the Aghdere-Aghdam, Fizuli-Jabrayil, and Zangilan-Gubadli directions. The Azerbaijani military claimed that it had captured important grounds in Gubadli and destroyed the D-20 battery of the 155th artillery regiment of the Armenian Armed Forces in the Khojavend area. In the Aghdere area, Azerbaijani forces allegedly delivered strikes on the 5th mountain rifle regiment inflicting heavy casualties to the Armenians.
According to Azerbaijani President Ilham Alyiev, in the recent operations Azerbaijani forces captured 22 settlements in the districts of Fuzuli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan. These are Gejagozlu, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Zargar, Balyand, Papi, Tulus, Hajili, Tinli, Khurama, Khumarli, Sari Babayli, Ucunju Aghali, Hajalli, Girakh Mushlan, Udgun, Turabad, Ichari Mushlan, Malikli, Jahangirbayli, Baharli and Minjivan. Several Armenian T-72 battle tanks as well as BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles were also captured by Azerbaijan.
Fierce clashes in the contested region continue as both Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of sabotaging the diplomatic talks on a non-military settlement of their differences. On October 12, Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan even said that there is no diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at this stage.
#11215768 at 2020-10-22 20:56:44 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14341 E-Bake
Ukraine Is Becoming Logistical Hub For Turkish Weapon Supplies To Azerbaijan
The cargo plane of the Azerbaijani airline Silk Way West Airlines Boeing 747 announced that it will fly from Kiev to Milan, but 'somehow' appeared at the airport in Azerbaijan's Baku, according to the flight path tracked by the Flightradar24 website.
Such an 'accident' and the state of secrecy surrounding it led to a reasonable concern that in fact the plane was transporting weapons or military and dual-use goods from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, which is de-facto in the state of war with Armenia. Right now, Azerbaijani troops are clashing with the Armenians in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Furthermore, earlier, Silk Way West Airlines was repeatedly spotted as a part of weapons-trading network that delivers various weapons and ammunition to conflict zones in the Greater Middle East. Later, such weapons often appear in the hands of terrorist groups.
Military sources emphasize that the activity of transportations along the Kiev-Baku route has significantly increased after the signing of an agreement on cooperation in the defense sphere between Ukraine and Turkey. Turkey is a key ally of Azerbaijan, which supplies its with weapons and publicly supports Baku in its war with Armenia.
Ukraine, which has already bored all its 'Western partners' and achieved little real progress on its path to the so-called European integration (if one does not count the selling of national interests and economy to foreign actors), has been experiencing the rapid increase of the Turkish influence in the country. Ankara is actively exploiting the situation in Ukraine in order to achieve its own tactical and strategic goals. In the regard of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Ukrainian authorities have already declared their support to Azerbaijan and are now participating in supplying of Azerbaijani forces. Just a few months ago, the pro-Western government of Armenia, led by Prime Minister NikolPashinyan, was considering Ukraine as a 'natural ally' because it was also led by the pro-Western government that gained power after the coup. However, the reality appeared to be quite different and Armenia's friends sold it immediately.
If the Turkish influence in Ukraine continues to increase and this situation develops and further, the Kiev regime will have all chances to not only be a useful puppet of the Washington establishment but also become an outpost of the Turkish expansion in eastern Ukraine. The Kiev regime already supports actions of Turkish-affiliated structures in the region and seeks to demonstrate that it has no ideological differences with Ankara. The Ukrainian President vows to develop 'strategic partnership' with Turkey. The so-called 'independent' Orthodox Church of Ukraine did not even condemn the Turkish decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Instead of this, contributes all possible efforts to fight the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). It seems that if it is needed to turn Kiev Pechersk Lavra (historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev) into a mosque to get a discount for some Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, the current Kiev regime will immediately start considering such an option.
#11200251 at 2020-10-22 03:05:35 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14315: Q Exposes the Client Edition
No Diplomatic Solution To Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict At This Stage: Armenian PM
Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan said on October 21 there was no diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at this stage.
In a live speech on Facebook, Pashinyan revealed that everything that was acceptable to Armenia now, is not acceptable to Azerbaijan anymore.
"Azerbaijan no longer agrees with what we agree or will agree, which means that at this stage it is at least pointless to talk about any diplomatic solution," the Armenian President said.
Pashinyan also touched on the ongoing battles in Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that Armenian forces are inflicting heavy losses on the Azerbaijani troops. The PM claimed that more than 10,000 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed, so far.
The Armenian PM concluded his speech by calling on everyone cable of carrying weapons to go and fight for Nagorno-Karabakh.
Despite Pashinyan's claims, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held separate meetings with the foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow, the press service of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation reported on October 21. Foreign Ministers will also meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on October 23 in Washington.
Meanwhile, clashes continue in the disputed region. Azerbaijani forces are making new gains on a daily basis, despite receiving some losses.
Pashinyan's speech will not likely improve the chances of a political solution for the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The battle there may continue for weeks, if not months.
#11089093 at 2020-10-15 22:11:33 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14182: Clear and Present Danger? Edition
Azerbaijani President Aliyev Says Armenian PM Pashinyan is a Product of George Soros
In an exclusive parallel interview with Sputnik, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan have addressed the most pressing issues regarding the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Both leaders were given an equal amount of time and identical questions.
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev expressed his belief in an interview with Sputnik that Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan was a product of US billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, known for his generous donations to political causes.
"The collapse of the Soviet Union indeed started with separatism in Nagorno-Karabakh. That was the trigger. People often forget about those rallies, who organised all this, who was behind it," Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told Sputnik News Agency Director General Dmitry Kiselev in an exclusive interview.
"I often say that Pashinyan is a product of Soros, and I believe everyone would agree with that. Soros is not just an individual, he is a concept. I in no way rule out that such instruments were used back then to disintegrate the great nation. Just blow it up from the inside, sow discord, play off the people, and disintegrate the country."
Azerbaijan to Never Accept Nagorno-Karabakh's Independence
"Our stance has always been based on pragmatism and I think that the ideas that already exist at the negotiating table show this clearly. As for the red lines, we have stated this clearly and the co-chairs of the Minsk Group know this very well - under no circumstances can the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan be compromised, under no circumstances can Azerbaijan agree to recognise the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh."
Baku Sees Karabakh Conflict as War of Liberation, While Yerevan Views it as Conquest
"Any war means cruelty, victims, human suffering, loss of loved ones, but the difference is that this is a war of liberation for Azerbaijan and a war of conquest for Armenia. It is no secret - and it is something that international mediators are aware of - that there are no so-called armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh. Ninety percent of the troops in the group that Armenia calls by this name are Armenian citizens. The Armenian military summons them and sends them to Azerbaijan's occupied territories: Agdam, Fizuli, Gebrayil, Kalbajar, Qubadli, Lachin, Zangilan."
Armenian, Azerbaijani Communities Can Coexist in Nagorno-Karabakh
At the same time, Baku believes that "the Armenian community and the Azerbaijani one can peacefully live and coexist in Nagorno-Karabakh in the future", the president said.
Aliyev explained this was already the case in other areas of Azerbaijan, including the capital Baku, with its thousands-strong Armenian community, as well as in Russia, Georgia, and other countries.
#11071417 at 2020-10-14 22:06:29 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14159: Nothing Can Stop What Is Coming Edition
RAND and the Malevolent Encirclement of Russia
Over recent weeks a series of events in the states surrounding the Russian Federation has erupted that certainly are not being greeted with joy in the Kremlin. Each crisis center of itself is not a definitive game-changer for future Russian security. Taken together they suggest something far more ominous is unfolding against Moscow. A recent RAND study prepared for the US Army suggests with remarkable accuracy who might be behind what will undoubtedly become a major threat to Russian security in coming months.
The Turkish-backed attacks by Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh, igniting a territory after almost three decades of relative stalemate and ceasefire, the ongoing destabilization of Lukashenko in Belarus, the bizarre EU and UK behavior surrounding the alleged poisoning of Russian dissident Navalny and most recently, the mass protests in Kyrgyzstan, a former part of the Soviet Union in Central Asia, bear the fingerprints of the MI6 of Britain, the CIA and an array of regime-change private NGOs.
On September 27 military forces from Azerbaijan broke the 1994 ceasefire with Armenia over the conflict in predominantly ethnic- Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh. The heaviest fighting in years ensued on both sides as confrontation escalated. Turkey's Erdogan came out openly in support of Baku against Armenia and Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh, leading NikolPashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia, to accuse Turkey of "continuing a genocidal policy as a pragmatic task." It was a clear reference to the 1915-23 Armenian charge of genocide of more than a million Armenian Christians by the Ottoman Empire. Turkey to this day refuses to acknowledge responsibility.
While Armenia blames Erdogan for backing Azerbaijan in the present conflict in the Caucasus, Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, sometimes called "Putin's chef" for his catering empire as well as his close ties to the Russian President, has said in an interview with a Turkish paper that the Armenia-Azeri conflict was provoked by "the Americans," and that the Pashinyan regime is essentially in the service of the USA. Here it gets interesting.
In 2018 Pashinyan came to power via mass protests called the "Velvet Revolution." He was openly and heavily supported by the Soros Open Society Foundation-Armenia which since 1997 has been active funding numerous "democracy" NGOs in the country. As Prime Minister, Pashinyan has named recipients of Soros money to most key cabinet positions including state security and defense.
At the same time it is unthinkable that Erdogan's Turkey, still in NATO, would so openly support Azerbaijan in a conflict that potentially could lead to a Turkish confrontation with Russia, without prior backing in some form Washington. Armenia is a member of the economic and defense association Eurasian Economic Union together with Russia. This makes the comments of Prigozhin especially interesting.
#10988928 at 2020-10-09 03:19:35 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14056: Everything has meaning Q Edition
Putin invites Azerbaijani & Armenian FMs to FRIDAY talks in Moscow, urges to halt hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the top diplomats of Armenia and Azerbaijan were invited to take part in peace talks in Moscow on Friday so that a "humanitarian" ceasefire may be agreed in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.
Putin called on all sides of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh to suspend hostilities "for humanitarian reasons" to allow for a prisoner swap and an exchange of bodies of those killed in the skirmishes, the Kremlin said Thursday. The Russian president previously described the ongoing military face-off in the contested region as a "tragedy."
The foreign ministers of both Armenia and Azerbaijan were invited to participate in "consultations" to further an armistice on Friday, October 9, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will act as a mediator.
The invitation came after Putin held several rounds of calls with both Armenian PM NikolPashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.
In addition to its attempt to make the warring parties sit down for talks, Russia is involved in mediation efforts as part of the OSCE Minsk Group, tasked with ending the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. On Thursday, the group, which lists Russia, the US, and France as its co-chairs, convened in the Swiss city of Geneva. Moscow is set to host its next meeting on October 12, according to French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The decades-old dispute between over Nagorno-Karabakh - an Armenian-populated enclave inside what is internationally recognised as Azerbaijan - flared up on September 27, with Azerbaijan and Armenia pointing finger at each other as the instigator behind the new bout of heavy fighting. There have been casualties, including among civilians, reported on both sides.
#10986585 at 2020-10-09 00:20:47 (UTC+1) Q Research General #14053: Brandon Caserta is Antifa Edition
Russian President Vladimir Putin Calls For End to Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh
The Nagorno-Karabakh region saw an escalation of tension on 27 September, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan exchanging accusations of sparking the hostilities. The military actions in the region continue, despite repeated calls by the international community for a ceasefire and resumption of negotiations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday urged the conflicting sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh military dispute to immediately cease hostilities and exchange prisoners and the bodies of those who have been killed, the Kremlin said.
"After a series of phone conversations with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan, the Russian president calls for an end to hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone for humanitarian reasons in order to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed," the statement said.
The Russian president invited the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers to arrive in Moscow for negotiations.
"The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia are invited to Moscow on 9 October to hold consultations on these issues with the mediation of the Russian Foreign Minister", the statement added.
The statement followed multiple calls by Russia for a ceasefire in the region, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov outlining that a diplomatic settlement in Karabakh must begin with ceasefire without preconditions.
Calls to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have been voiced by multiple members of international community, including Russia, France, Germany, the UN and the US. Turkey expressed its support to Azerbaijan, while Armenia accused Ankara of sending military advisors to the conflict - a move that Turkey has denied.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region saw an escalation of tension on 27 September, with both Yerevan and Baku accusing each other of sparking military hostilities. According to the Third Secretary of the Azerbaijan Mission to the UN, at least 30 Azeri civilians have been killed and 144 wounded in the conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh Ombudsman Artak Beglaryan said that at least 18 civilians were killed in the unrecognized republic after hostilities broke out.
Among the injured civilians are several journalists, including a Russian blogger, Yuri Kotenok, who was seriously injured in a strike on the Ghazanchetsots church. Doctors are said to be fighting for his life, according to reports.
According to Armenian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan, three Russians suffered injuries, among them two journalists and one local guide.
#10920310 at 2020-10-04 22:42:03 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13974: As Always, Anons Win, Censors Fail Edition
Turkish Service Members Spotted In Azerbaijan's Ganja (Photos)
Several Turkish service members were spotted in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja following a rocket strike by Armenian forces.
The strike, which took place in the early morning of October 4, targeted a military air base near Ganja. The government of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh claims that F-16 warplanes of Turkey are deployed in the base.
Azerbaijan said the Armenian rocket strike hit buildings in Ganja's city center, killing a civilian and injuring at least four others.
Turkish service members were spotted in a video and many photos from the strike scene shared by al-Jazeera TV and Hikmet Hajiyev, a top aide of the Azerbaijani President.
A day earlier, Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan said special units of the Turkish Armed Forces are deployed on the ground together with the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, which are leading the attack on Nagorno-Karabakh.
"There are 150 high-ranking Turkish officers leading the military operations on the part of Azerbaijan," Pashinyan said in a statement, adding "This description in itself shows that intense battles are taking place on the frontline."
While Turkey is openly supporting the ongoing Azerbaijan attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, it denies taking any part in the operations there.
The new evidence confirming the presence of Turkish troops in Azerbaijan indicates that Turkey is indeed playing a role in the ongoing military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh. The deployment of Syrian mercenaries by Turkey in Azerbaijan has been already confirmed.
#10904202 at 2020-10-03 21:34:38 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13956: Court Nixes Lawless Michigan Lockdowns
Armenian-Azerbaijani Hostilities Still Gaining Momentum After 6 Days Of War
On October 3, Prime Minister of Armenia NikolPashinyan addressed the nation regarding the ongoing war with Azerbaijan and the current situation in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. He declared that high-ranking Turkish military personnel are in Azerbaijan and are leading the hostilities against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (an Armenia-affiliated self-proclaimed state).
"According to our military, in addition to the Azerbaijani army units, Syrian mercenaries and terrorists, special units of the Turkish army are involved in the attacks. We have information that 150 high level Turkish military officers are in different Azerbaijani command centers and control the military operations. What I mentioned here show how fierce clashes are taking place on the frontline," he said.
According to Pashinyan, the developments of the previous day showed that 150-200 soldiers of Azerbaijan attack every military position of the military of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (formally known as the Republic of Artsakh). These attacks are repeated several times during a day and are supported by missile and conventional artillery, armored vehicles, aircrafts and UAVs.
According to him, Nagorno-Karabakh has been fighting against "an Azerbaijani-Turkish terrorist attack, the volume and scale of which is unprecedented." Pashinyan claimed that despite numerous casualties and losses of military equipment from the Karabakh side, "the enemy was unable to solve a single tactical problem," and "intense fighting continues."
"The resilience with which our soldiers, officers, generals and volunteers withstand this heinous attack is unbelievable. Our soldiers and volunteers spare nothing and demonstrate unimaginable acts of heroism. Today hundreds of armored vehicles, dozens of airplanes and helicopters, hundreds of UAVs of the adversary have already been destroyed. Manpower losses of the adversary are over a few thousands. AT this moment fierce clashes continue in different parts of the frontline, in some cases the Defense Army units have appeared in rather unfavorable situation, in other places confidently keep control of the situation," Pashinyan said.
According to the Prime Minister of Armenia, "Turkey and Azerbaijan pursue not only military-political goals, there is not only the issue of territories."
"Their goal is the Armenians, their goal is the continuation of the Armenian genocide," he said.
According to Pashinyan, Armenia is "able to defend itself," and the end of the current conflict can only be the victory of the Armenian side.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Al Jazeera, published on October 3, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that his country cannot afford any more 'futile' negotiations with Armenia.
"We are not in a position to listen to statements like 'Stop it, we will work [with you], we will negotiate, we will help.' We have heard this many times. We do not have time to wait for another 30 years. The conflict must be resolved now," he said adding that that the (military) settlement to the conflict with Armenia must be found "as soon as possible."
#10903466 at 2020-10-03 20:38:15 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13955: CV-19 Makes Congress Weaker But POTUS STRONGER Edition
Armenia Says it Is Ready to Work for Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire
Armenian PM says he has proof of Turkish intervention
Armenia said on Friday that it is ready to work towards a ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where the country has been battling with Azerbaijan since Sunday.
Armenia's foreign ministry said it "stands ready" to work with the US, France, and Russia "to re-establish a ceasefire regime." The US, France, and Russia co-chair the Minsk Group, which was set up in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to promote negotiations and peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkey has been accused of intervening in the conflict on behalf of Azerbaijan. On Friday, Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan said he has evidence of Turkish support. "We have proof," Pashinyan said. "They are using drones and Turkish F-16 to bomb civilian areas in Nagorno Karabakh."
Pashinyan also accused Turkey of "once again advancing on a genocidal path," referencing the Armenian genocide carried out by the Ottoman's in the early 20th century.
"The situation is much more serious," Pashinyan said when asked how the current fighting compares to clashes that broke out in 2016. "It would be more appropriate to compare it with what happened in 1915, when more than 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered during the first genocide of the 20th century."
Turkey has also been accused of sending fighters from northern Syria to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he has information that indicates Syrian fighters have traveled to Nagorno-Karabakh through Turkey.
The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh entered its sixth day on Friday. Nearly 200 people have been confirmed killed, including 30 civilians.
#10893013 at 2020-10-03 01:48:22 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13942: The Geronimo Edition
Armenian-Azerbaijani War. How Global Powerbrokers Play Fates Of Nations
The Armenian-Azerbaijani war has been raging in the South Caucasus. Clashes between the sides erupted in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh Region (de-facto controlled by Armenia) on September 27 and since they have significantly intensified causing thousands of casualties. Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, clearly aims to capture the entire area of Karabakh and settle the Karabakh question by dismantling the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. And as of October 2, there are no indications that the hostilities will be ceased anytime soon.
The Azerbaijani leadership instigated by the Turkish 'Neo-Ottoman Empire' demonstrates the determination to deliver a devastating blow to Armenian forces. Additionally to military targets, Azerbaijani forces have been pounding cities and objects of the infrastructure in the contested region.
The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan's recent numbers:
The total enemy losses from September 27 to 08:00 pm on October 2 are as follows:
up to 230 tanks and other armored vehicles;
250 artillery pieces, multiple launch rocket systems, and mortars;
38 Air Defense means;
10 command-control and command-observation posts;
7 ammunition depots;
more than 130 vehicles;
1 S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.
Claims of Armenia during the past 24 hours only:
The full-scale advance of Azerbaijan(Turkey) on the Nagorno-Karabakh region became possible due to actions of the current Armenian government led by Prime Minister NikolPashinyan. Pashinyan and so-called 'younglings of Soros' that seized power as a result of the 2018 coup in Armenia provided an extensive anti-Russian campaign undermining relations with the only real guarantor of the Armenian security and sovereignty and thus shaky stability in Karabakh. This campaign led to the expected result. Azerbaijan and Turkey used the unwillingness of Armenia to keep the real (not formal) alliance with Russia to achieve their own military and political goals.
#10887433 at 2020-10-02 19:32:01 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13935: Round #2? Edition
Armenian PM: Turkey in Azerbaijan to 'Continue Armenian Genocide'
Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan said in a statement on Thursday that Turkey is attempting "to continue the Armenian Genocide" through its involvement in Yerevan's dispute with neighboring Azerbaijan.
Fighting erupted last weekend on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a region known as Nagorno-Karabakh, which is majority ethnic Armenian but falls within the established border of Azerbaijan, established during the Soviet era. Local Armenian separatists declared themselves the sovereign state of Artsakh in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, leading to war in the 1990s followed by occasional skirmishes. Neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan recognizes Artsakh as a state, though Armenian officials hinted this week the nation may consider doing so in light of recent hostilities.
It remains unclear how the current hostilities began, as both sides claim the other began firing across the border. The fighting has expanded far beyond Nagorno-Karabakh in the last five days. On Thursday, Armenian officials reported that they had shot down an Azeri drone near Yerevan, the nation's capital.
During the last round of skirmishes in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azeri government threatened to bomb Armenia's nuclear power plant, Metsamor.
"The Armenian side must not forget that our army's state-of-the-art missile systems allow us to strike the Metsamor nuclear plant with precision, which could lead to a great catastrophe for Armenia," Vagif Dargahli, a spokesman for the Azeri Defense Ministry, said.
Metsamor, a leftover of the Soviet era, is considered one of the world's most dangerous nuclear plants due to its lack of containment mechanisms.
In his statement Thursday, Pashinyan accused Turkey, which has offered military support to Azerbaijan and stands accused of funneling Syrian fighters into Nagorno-Karabakh, of attempting to complete the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which Turkey still denies happened. Turkey killed as many as 1.2 million of the 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire at the time, in addition to annihilating other Christian populations like Assyrians and Greeks.
#10851934 at 2020-09-30 09:15:13 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13889: The C'mon Man Remix Edition
Who Are "Soros's Men" in Armenia?
From March, 2019
And Now Armenia is in war, what a coincidence.
In the last few months, especially after the Velvet Revolution, the name of George Soros is frequently mentioned in Armenia. Many people link the name with events, big or small, taking place in the country, beginning with the revolution itself to the issue of replacing the head of Yerevan State University.
For those who do not know who George Soros is, he is a Hungarian-born American billionaire. Through his Open Society Foundation, he provides millions of dollars in grants to non-governmental organizations mostly active in eastern European courtiers. This is why the "colored" revolutions that have taken place in these countries during the last few decades are, rightly or wrongly, associated with Soros's name. In United States Gorge Soros is a major contributor to progressive causes, and for this reason he is constantly under attack by the right wing media.
In Armenia the Soros Foundation supports numerous NGOs that run programs in the field of human rights protection, women's rights protection, anti-corruption campaigns, election monitoring and oversight and other causes. Naturally, these organizations, with their years of activities, have contributed to the victory of NikolPashinyan's popular movement. Many of the leaders of these organizations are currently holding high level positions in the new government. For the old regime members this is a proof that many in Pashinyan's circle are beholden to foreign forces.
Recently, the same accusations were leveled when the issue of replacing the rector of Yerevan State University Aram Simonyan was raised again. Simonyan's defenders are accusing "Soros's men" in pursuing the goal of destroying the University.
However, this week the names of those who have applied and received grants from the Open Society Foundation's Armenia branch over the years, were made public. Not only supporters of Pashinyan were on the list, but apparently many anti-Pashinyan politicians and names associated with the former regime were recipients of grants from George Soros's Foundation. More than one million dollars was granted to the Yerevan State University itself, to implement special educational programs. Many Republican MPs, as well as Robert Kocharyan's lawyer Hayk Alumyan and others have received funds from the same organization.
The name of George Soros has become a political football in Armenia and is kicked around on every occasion. After the publication of these list, a question arises as who are "George Soros's men" in Armenia.
#10838269 at 2020-09-29 20:50:41 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13871: SURPRISE! NOT For Anons Edition
Armenian PM says Azerbaijan's operation in Karabakh was plotted during drills with Turkey
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27
\MOSCOW, September 29. /TASS/. Azerbaijan's operation in Nagorno-Karabakh was plotted during joint drills with Turkey, Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan said on Tuesday.
"Azerbaijan must immediately stop its aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia because it was unleashed by Azerbaijan," he said in an interview with the 60 Minutes program on the Rossiya-1 television channel. "This operation was planned beforehand and there are no doubts that this operation was plotted during joint drill with the Turkish armed forces."
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, when Azerbaijan said its positions had come under extensive fire from Armenia. Armenia, in turn, said the Azerbaijani army had staged an offensive in the direction of Nagorno-Karabakh. It said a number of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including its administrative center Stepanakert, had come under shelling by Azerbaijan. Both sides report casualties, including among civilians. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have imposed martial law and announced mobilization.
#10811419 at 2020-09-27 20:42:28 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13837: Information Warefare Success! Edition
"Get ready to defend our sacred homeland," Pashinyan said on Facebook.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) is a key ally of Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan (R)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) is a key ally of Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan (R) Photo: SPUTNIK / Sergei GUNEYEV
Armenia said that Azerbaijan attacked civilian settlements in Nagorny Karabakh including the main city Stepanakert.
Pashinyan's wife, Anna Hakobyan, said that she had travelled to a hospital in Stepanakert to be with her Karabakh "brothers and sisters".
Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said there were reports of dead and wounded. "Extensive damage has been inflicted on many homes and civilian infrastructure," it said.
Karabakh's rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan pointed to "civilian casualties," while Armenia said a woman and child were killed.
Ethnic Armenian separatists seized the Nagorny Karabakh region from Baku in a 1990s war that claimed 30,000 lives.
Talks to resolve one of the worst conflicts to emerge from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union have been largely stalled since a 1994 ceasefire agreement.
France, Russia and the United States have mediated peace efforts as the "Minsk Group" but the last big push for a peace deal collapsed in 2010.
Pope Francis told crowds on Saint Peter's Square he was praying for peace and called for "concrete gestures of good will and fraternity" from the warring sides.
Political observers said global powers should intensify talks to stop the conflict.
"We are a step away from a large-scale war," Olesya Vartanyan of the International Crisis Group told AFP.
"One of the main reasons for the current escalation is a lack of any proactive international mediation between the sides for weeks," she added.
"War is resuming. Time for Russia, France and US, individually and jointly, to stop it," tweeted Dmitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.
Karabakh separatist leader, Arayik Harutyunyan, accused Ankara of sending mercenaries to Azerbaijan.
On Sunday morning, Azerbaijan started "active bombing" along Karabakh's frontline including civilian targets and in Stepanakert, Karabakh's presidency said.
The rebel defence ministry said its troops shot down four Azerbaijani helicopters and 15 drones, while Baku denied the claim.
In July, heavy clashes along the two countries' shared border hundreds of kilometres from Karabakh claimed the lives of at least 17 soldiers from both sides.
Raising the stakes, Azerbaijan at the time threatened to strike Armenia's atomic power station if Yerevan attacked strategic facilities.
During the worst recent clashes in April 2016, around 110 people were killed.
#10811413 at 2020-09-27 20:42:03 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13837: Information Warefare Success! Edition
Clashes Between Azerbaijan And Armenia Separatists Leave At Least 23 Dead
By Mariam HARUTYUNYAN with Emil GULIYEV in Baku
09/27/20 AT 1:03 PM
Pope Francis Angrily Slaps Woman's Hand As She Grabs And Pulls Him During New Year's Eve Greetings
Arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday accused each other of initiating deadly clashes that claimed at least 23 lives over a decades-long territorial dispute and threatened to draw in regional powers Russia and Turkey.
The worst clashes since 2016 have raised the spectre of a fresh war between long-standing rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia which have been locked for decades in a territorial dispute over the Armenia-backed breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh.
Sixteen Armenian separatist fighters were killed and more than 100 wounded in fighting, rebel officials said.
Both sides also reported casualties including at least one Armenian woman and child. Baku said that an Azerbaijani family of five were killed in shelling launched by Armenian separatists.
Priest Ter Abel prays for peace outside the village of Movses on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 15, 2020
Priest Ter Abel prays for peace outside the village of Movses on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 15, 2020 Photo: AFP / Karen MINASYAN
A major confrontation between Muslim Azerbaijan and majority Christian Armenia threatened to embroil regional players Moscow and Ankara and Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan called on global powers to prevent Turkey from getting involved in the conflict.
"We are on the brink of a full-scale war in the South Caucasus," Pashinyan warned.
Azerbaijan's "authoritarian regime has once again declared war on the Armenian people", he added.
France, Germany and the EU swiftly urged an "immediate ceasefire," while Pope Francis prayed for peace.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) is a key ally of Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan (R)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) is a key ally of Armenia's Prime Minister NikolPashinyan (R) Photo: SPUTNIK / Sergei GUNEYEV
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the military flareup with Pashinyan and called for "an end to hostilities".
"The Russian side expressed serious concern over the resumption of large-scale clashes," the Kremlin said.
But Azerbaijan's ally Turkey blamed Yerevan for the flare-up and promised Baku its "full support".
"The Turkish people will support our Azerbaijani brothers with all our means as always," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted.
Ethnic Armenian separatists seized the Nagorny Karabakh region from Baku in a 1990s war that claimed 30,000 lives
Ethnic Armenian separatists seized the Nagorny Karabakh region from Baku in a 1990s war that claimed 30,000 lives Photo: Armenian Defence Ministry / Handout
Azerbaijan accused Armenian forces of violating a ceasefire, saying it had launched a counter-offensive to "ensure the safety of the population", using tanks, artillery missiles, combat aviation and drones.
Azerbaijan imposed martial law and a curfew in large cities and said it had captured from Armenian rebels a strategic mountain that helps control transport communications between Yerevan and the Armenian-held enclave.
In a televised address to the nation earlier Sunday, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev vowed victory over Armenian forces.
Priest Ter Abel prays for peace outside the village of Movses on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 15, 2020
Priest Ter Abel prays for peace outside the village of Movses on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 15, 2020 Photo: AFP / Karen MINASYAN
"Our cause is just and we will win," he said, echoing a famous quote from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's address at the outbreak of World War II in Russia.
"Karabakh is Azerbaijan," he said.
Both Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilisation.
#10811346 at 2020-09-27 20:36:15 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13837: Information Warefare Success! Edition
Azerbaijan follows Armenia in announcing martial law after intensive border clashes
Azerbaijan has introduced martial law and curfews in several regions of the country following an escalation of border hostilities with the Armenia-backed disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The order, which will come into force from Monday, mirrors Yerevan's reaction to the crisis. The government of Armenia declared martial law and ordered the mobilization of reserve troops earlier on Sunday. Authorities in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic did the same.
Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia spiked this weekend after the Azeri side launched a military operation against the Nagorno-Karabakh forces. Baku said it was acting in response to artillery shelling, but Yerevan said the operation was planned in advance and launched under false pretenses, in violation of a ceasefire.
Leaders of both countries addressed their respective peoples, rallying public support. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said national troops were "fighting on the Azeri land and crushing the enemy" for the righteous cause of restoring their country's territorial integrity.
Meanwhile, Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan said his country was prepared to fend off the attack against Nagorno-Karabakh, possibly fighting against Azerbaijan on its own territory. "Our cause is just and the criminal encroachment will be met with a worthy counter strike," he pledged.
Sunday's escalation is the latest development in a protracted conflict between the two neighbors over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian region of Azerbaijan that split from Baku three decades ago. Armenia supports the self-proclaimed republic but never actually recognized it as a sovereign state. After the latest crisis, this may change, the Armenian prime minister warned.
#10810997 at 2020-09-27 20:04:10 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13836: Debate Drug Tests are a Must
Azerbaijan has launched a missile & aerial attack against #Artsakh. Peaceful settlements including #Stepanakert have been attacked. Armenian side has shot down 2 helicopters & 3 UAVs, destroyed 3 tanks. We stay strong next to our army to protect our motherland from Azeri invasion
#10810457 at 2020-09-27 18:47:54 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13836: Debate Drug Tests are a Must
DS wargames? Fits their m.o. to get Russia tensions brewing
Islam v Orthodox
Armenian government introduces martial law, announces general mobilization
Earlier, President of the inrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan announced martial law in the country
YEREVAN, September 27. /TASS/. The Armenian government imposed martial law in the country in connection with the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh and announced a general mobilization, Prime Minister NikolPashinyan wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
"Dear compatriots, now, by the decision of the government, martial law and general mobilization are declared in Armenia. I urge all personnel to come to recruitment offices," he said.
Earlier, President of the inrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan announced martial law in the country due to the escalation of the situation on the line of contact with Azerbaijan.
On Sunday morning, Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said that Armenia began intensive shelling on the positions of the Azerbaijani army and settlements, with reported casualties and wounded among the civilian population. In turn, Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan announced that the Azerbaijani armed forces launched an offensive in the direction of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict between Baku and Yerevan began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the conflict of 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. Since 1992, negotiations have been held on a peaceful settlement of the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, chaired by Russia, the United States, and France.
Azerbaijani, Russian top diplomats discuss situation in Karabakh over phone
The Russian top diplomat "expressed concern over the current situation in the region and stressed the importance of resuming the ceasefire"
BAKU, September 27. /TASS/. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov informed his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, about the situation at the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry said on Sunday after their telephone conversation.
"Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov had a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on September 27 at the initiative of the Russian side. Minister Jeyhun Bayramov told his Russian counterpart that on September 27 the Armenian army had blatantly violated the ceasefire and shelled Azerbaijani positions along the contact line from heavy weapons, mortars and artillery systems," it said.
The Russian top diplomat "expressed concern over the current situation in the region and stressed the importance of resuming the ceasefire," it said.
Bayramov, in turn, stressed that "the Azerbaijani side is taking corresponding countermeasures against the Armenian army as part of its right to self-defense and to ensure security of civilian population," the ministry added.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, when Azerbaijan said its positions had come under extensive fire from Armenia. Armenia, in turn, said the Azerbaijani army had staged ab offensive in the direction of Nagorno-Karabakh. It said a number of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including its administrative center Stepanakert, had come under shelling by Azerbaijan. Both sides report casualties, including among civilians. Armenia's authorities have imposed martial law and announced mobilization of reservists.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up, but primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992-1994, tensions boiled over and exploded into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and seven adjacent territories after Azerbaijan lost control of them. Talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement have been ongoing since 1992 under the OSCE Minsk Group, led by its three co-chairs - Russia, France and the United States.
#10810190 at 2020-09-27 18:08:42 (UTC+1) Q Research General #13835: What's Up with Durham Probe? Earlies Edition
Call to arms: Armenia declares martial law & TOTAL MOBILIZATION as fighting against Azerbaijan continues
Members of Armenia's army reserve were ordered to report to their local conscription office shortly after their country's and Azerbaijani forces engaged in heavy fighting along the contested Nagorno-Karabakh border.
The nationwide conscription call and martial law were both announced by Prime Minister NikolPashinyan earlier on Sunday. His Facebook post urged reservists to turn up at their territorial recruitment offices "for the sake of our homeland and for the sake of victory."
The call to arms and martial law will be put in place because Azerbaijan may decide to attack Armenia, the premier clarified in an address to the nation later in the day.
Comprising around 44,000 active-duty troops - less than half of them conscripts - the Armenian military relies on a 210,000-strong standing reserve. Armenians who have completed military service as enlisted personnel bear an obligation to become soldiers in wartime up to the age of 50. Officers are mandated to remain in the reserve force until they turn 60.
#8572016 at 2020-03-26 16:47:51 (UTC+1) Q Research General #10975: Covid19 Vax WUT? "You First Nigga" Edition
Adopted kid, foster kids, backed by Clinton and Jay Z, endorsed Hillary, opposed to YES CA, father is producer, Jewish heritage
As early as 2017, speculation had swirled around Garcetti's potential presidential run in 2020. In 2018, rumors continued about his political ambitions as he has made visits to early primary states. In April, he spent two days attending political events across Iowa. In May, he delivered the commencement address at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. However, on January 29, 2019, Garcetti announced he would not run for president in 2020, opting to finish his term as mayor.
In April 2018, Garcetti met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The meeting focused on continuing efforts to advance women's rights, and raised concerns about human rights and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.]
On September 22, 2019, Garcetti attended the rally of Armenia's prime minister NikolPashinyan at the Grand Park. He stated, "With this prime minister, a new day of sunshine has come to Armenia, a day of democracy, a day of openness, a day of no more corruption, a day where we can say in Los Angeles, it is time for us to pick up to visit, invest, to support, to help the new Armenia rise, and rise, and rise under the leadership of this prime minister.
#6888805 at 2019-07-01 17:40:30 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8811: QR AM Bake II Edition
Not sure how but I missed Armenia…
Armenia is in the midst of a significant transition following mass antigovernment protests and elections in 2018 that forced out an entrenched political elite. The new government has pledged to deal with long-standing problems including systemic corruption, opaque policymaking, a flawed electoral system, and weak rule of law.
KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN 2018:
Serzh Sargsyan, the country's president since 2008, attempted to extend his rule in April by becoming prime minister under a new parliamentary system, prompting mass demonstrations across the country that led to his swift resignation and the parliament's election of protest leader NikolPashinyan to replace him in May.
Ruling with an interim cabinet of deputies from his Yelq Alliance even as Sargsyan's Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) continued to dominate the parliament, Pashinyan attempted to enact electoral reforms, combat corruption, and improve socioeconomic conditions.
Although the interim government was unable to pass electoral reforms, Pashinyan's new My Step Alliance swept snap parliamentary elections in December, taking 70 percent of the vote. The new parliament was set to convene in early 2019.
#3610001 at 2018-10-26 11:21:13 (UTC+1) Q Research General #4581: Good Morning POTUS Edition
Bolton in Armenia. MSM busy with other news.
Oct 16th PM resigned but remained "acting".
"Armenia's current president, NikolPashinyan, came to power on May 8, 2018, when he mobilized 250,000 supporters in Yerevan's central square and threatened a nationwide strike to protest Parliament's rejection of his bid to become prime minister. Relenting to the power of the mob, Parliament voted Mr. Pashinyan into office that very day, despite the fact that his party held only 9 of the legislature's 105 seats.
Since taking office, the self-described "people's candidate" has moved systematically to disrupt and dismantle Armenia's governing institutions." -Washington Times
#2520915 at 2018-08-09 07:41:40 (UTC+1) Q Research General #3180 Baker See, Baker Do Edition
>>2520785 NikolPashinyan has to see a guy about a thing…
#2520785 at 2018-08-09 07:29:19 (UTC+1) Q Research General #3180 Baker See, Baker Do Edition
Armenian Prime Minister Wants Face-to-Face Meeting With Trump
Request comes amid escalating tension with Turkey
The newly installed Prime Minister of Armenia is amping up efforts to get a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump, an effort that recently received a boost in Congress, when nearly 50 members formally petitioned the White House to organize a meeting with the Armenia leader. NikolPashinyan was swept into office in May after leading a poplar revolution against the former regime led by Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who was forced out of office by Pashinyan, a prominent newspaper editor and reformist voice. On the heels of this electoral victory, Pashinyan has been seeking a one-on-one with Trump to help bolster ties between the United States and Armenia.
The request for a meeting with Trump comes as tensions escalate between the United States and Turkey, which was recently hit with sanctions for its continued detainment of American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Proponents of the meeting with Pashinyan see an opportunity to bolster ties between the United States and Armenia as diplomatic tensions escalate with Turkey, which has traditionally had chilly relations with Armenia.
"The Republic of Armenia has seen a remarkable change in its government through peaceful and democratic means over the past few months," wrote nearly 50 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in a July 30 letter to the White House. "As part of this movement, Mr. Pashinyan-a former newspaper editor and political prisoner-led tens of thousands of Armenians through the streets of Yerevan to protest former President and Prime Minister Sargsyan's decade-long rule," the letter states. "Prior to being voted into his role of Prime Minister in May, Mr. Pashinyan organized this nonviolent grassroots movement known as the 'Velvet Revolution,' which ultimately forced Mr. Sargsyan to resign."
The United States has an opportunity to strengthen its ties with Armenia on the heels of a popular revolution that could usher in series reforms, the lawmakers said. "As Armenia seeks to bolster government transparency, strengthen democratic institutions, and empower civil society, it is critical for the United States to deepen its ties with this regional partner at every level of government," the lawmakers wrote. "Without question, your meeting with Prime Minister Pashinyan would help to further this goal and strengthen dialogue between our countries."
As American pastor Brunson continues to be held in Turkish prison, the United States has an opportunity to cement ties with Armenia, one of Turkey's chief diplomatic rivals. In addition to a meeting with Trump, Congress is petitioning the U.S. administration to pursue high-level diplomatic talks with the new Armenian government.
The lawmakers are seeking "a series of high-level conversations between your [Trump's] Cabinet Secretaries and their counterparts in Armenia-many of whom have recently been appointed as members of the newly formed government," according to the letter. "These meetings would help to establish a critical bridge between our countries, helping to further increase Armenia's inclusion in the international system and likely leading to more comprehensive U.S.-Armenian bilateral trade."
The Trump administration has been mum on the request, declining to comment on questions from the Washington Free Beacon about a potential meeting. A State Department official told the Free Beacon it "reviews and appropriately responds to all congressional correspondence," but would not comment any further. The White House National Security Council also declined to comment on the matter.
One former Trump administration official who has seen the letter told the Free Beacon the White House should seize the moment with Armenia and build up new ties. "At the very moment Turkey is turning away from the U.S. and our national interests abroad, Armenia is doing everything in its power to extend the olive branch and establish an even closer relationship with America," the source said. "President Trump should embrace that and not back down in the face of Erdogan and his radical Muslim thuggery."
#1842067 at 2018-06-21 06:38:23 (UTC+1) Q Research General #2321: Redux
Meanwhile in Armenia
Armenia's revolutionary government steps up anti-corruption purge
A former ruling party MP and mob boss are detained, and the nation cheers the crackdown.
Grigor Atanesian Jun 19, 2018
Screenshot of a video of a security services' raid on the home of MP Manvel Grigoryan after he was arrested on corruption charges.
Armenia's authorities have accelerated their campaign against officials in the former government with a series of anti-corruption arrests, heightening the battle between the new regime and the former elite.
After NikolPashinyan was elected prime minister May 8 largely on the strength of an anti-corruption platform, his new team took a cautious approach toward allegedly corrupt former officials. Pashinyan's pick to head the National Security Service (NSS), Artur Vanetsyan, emphasized the need to tackle corruption but took a relatively nonconfrontational approach.
Throughout May, the NSS publicly presented evidence of tax fraud committed by a number of companies, including those controlled by a former ruling Republican Party member of parliament. But Vanetsyan had said that he considered reimbursement of damages made to the state sufficient grounds for dropping criminal charges, and no high-profile arrests were made in connection to these charges.
But in June, the campaign has taken a more aggressive turn. On June 14, the NSS arrested two senior officials in the Yerevan city government, which is still controlled by Republicans. On June 16, in the city of Etchmiadzin, the houses of Republican MP Manvel Grigoryan, a retired lieutenant general in the Armenian armed forces, and mob boss Artur Asatryan (known as "Don Pipo") were raided by masked NSS officers. Both men were arrested on illegal weapons procurement charges, with Asatryan also accused of kidnapping.
Grigoryan's supporters and allies mobilized after his arrest. RPA spokesperson Eduard Sharmazanov called the arrest "unconstitutional and unlawful." His concerns were reiterated by Armen Ashotyan, another high-profile Republican MP (Ashotyan later deleted his Facebook post). At the same time, supporters of the detained general gathered to protest at NSS headquarters and even tried to close down a street.
Returning from a short visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, Pashinyan also weighed in. In a Facebook live video, he claimed that at Grigoryan's mansion, the NSS found not only arms but also food sent by schoolchildren in April 2016, intended for soldiers on the frontlines in Nagorno-Karabakh. A few hours later, footage of the search of Grigoryan's house was broadcast by Armenian public television.
#1308557 at 2018-05-05 18:30:35 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1640: May 5th 5:5 No Coincidences Edition
Armenia's Velvet Revolution
The now near certain but previously unthinkable election of NikolPashinyan, a politician beholden to no foreign governments or special interests, as prime minister shines a bright light into Armenia's future; for the first time in decades there is hope that Armenia, the world's first Christian nation, will gain greater independence from post-Soviet Russia with the hope of removing its own post-Soviet vestiges. This is with the hope that Pashinyan will in fact "drain the swamp" - and of course: Make Armenia Great Again.
#1178682 at 2018-04-25 10:39:40 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1474: Quality Over Quantity
NikolPashinyan, the opposition leader who helped force Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan to resign on Monday, said he was ready to be the country's next premier and would keep up pressure on the elite until it agreed to real change.
Karapetyan, calling for a new election, said that if Pashinyan was the people's choice, they could elect him.
The economy would face problems if the crisis continued, Karapetyan said.
Sarksyan, who previously served as Armenia's presidentfor a decade, resigned as prime minister on Monday after almost two weeks of street protests prompted by accusations he had manipulated the constitution to cling to power.
Reporting by Hasmik Mkrtchyan; Editing by Angus MacSwan
#1171692 at 2018-04-24 21:31:35 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1465: We Will Be Coming Home After Leaving A Lasting Footprint
By Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan | YEREVAN
A politician who forced Armenia's prime minister to resign led thousands of people on a march on Tuesday after which he said he was ready to take the reins of power and would keep up pressure on the ruling elite until they agreed to real change.
Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, who had ruled the country as president before that for a decade, resigned on Monday after almost two weeks of street protests prompted by accusations he had manipulated the constitution to cling to power.
Lawmaker NikolPashinyan played an instrumental role in ousting Sarksyan, organising many of the protests and calling for the premier to go in a televised exchange before being jailed and then released. He is set to start talks with the ruling party on Wednesday.
In a move likely to prolong a political crisis that has rocked one of Russia's closest allies in the former Soviet Union, Pashinyan said on Tuesday he was ready to become the country's next prime minister.
"If people put this responsibility on me, I'm ready to become the prime minister," Pashinyan, wearing his trademark black baseball cap and military-style T-shirt, told reporters.
The 42-year-old said the velvet revolution he had helped bring about was not over and that the next step would be the election of a new premier and the holding of an early parliamentary election.
He said he would not accept a new prime minister drawn from the ranks of the ruling Republican Party, which Sarksyan, the man he forced to resign, still leads.
If elected himself, he said he would try to maintain a balance in foreign policy, but ruled out questioning the presence of Russian military bases in Armenia or the country's membership in Russia-led military and economic alliances.
"We are not going to make any sharp geopolitical moves," he said.
Hours earlier, Pashinyan had led thousands of people through the capital Yerevan to a hilltop memorial dedicated to the victims of Ottoman Turk massacres of Armenians in 1915, cementing his growing political stature.
Some chanted his name and waved the national flag as they marked the anniversary of the killings.
#1160271 at 2018-04-23 23:03:04 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1451: Drops Going Fast
Armenia opposition leader demands snap election after PM resigns
Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan steps down amid protests, says he will not be involved in "required solutions" to unrest.
Armenia's opposition leader has demanded a snap parliamentary election in the wake of former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan's resignation over widespread anti-government demonstrations.
NikolPashinyan told a rally on Monday in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, he is "ready to discuss conditions of Sargsyan's resignation and transfer of power".
"The National Assembly shall be entitled to nominate candidates for prime minister within a week. Until then, an interim government will be formed, after that snap extraordinary parliamentary elections are needed," Pashinyan said, according to Armenian website NEWS.am.
Sargsyan resigned earlier on Monday following days of protests in Yerevan against his government, which critics accuse of corruption and authoritarian rule.
Thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets since demonstrations began on April 13.
Sargsyan said he would adhere to the demands of the protesters and step down.
"[Opposition leader] NikolPashinyan was right. I was wrong. This situation requires solutions, but I won't participate in them. I leave the post of this country's prime minister," a statement on Sargsyan's website said.
"The movement on the streets is against my office. I will fulfil your claim," according to the statement.
Pashinyan, who was released from police detention on Monday fewer than 24 hours after being arrested at a protest in Yerevan, had called on his supporters to launch a "velvet revolution" to remove Sargsyan from power.
Sargsyan was appointed prime minister after serving 10 years as president [File/Dmitry Lovetsky/AP]
Sargsyan, 63, had promised not to run for the post of prime minister having served two consecutive five-year terms as president, but was formally nominated by Armenia's ruling Republican Party earlier this month.
Armenia amended its constitution to change the government from a presidential to a parliamentary system in a 2015 referendum, making the presidency largely ceremonial and strengthening the office of the prime minister, a position which is not constrained by term limits.
Vartan Oskanian, a former Armenian foreign minister, told Al Jazeera the anti-government demonstrations were sparked by Sargsyan renaging on a promise "not to seek any high office if the constituational change passed".
"The prime minister, under the new constitution, has the combined powers of the president and the prime minister and that was the entire protest against him [Sargsyan]," Oskanian said.
Karen Karapetian, who served as prime minister before Sargsyan assumed office, has been appointed to the role again in an interim capacity.
Members of the military took part in anti-government protests in Yerevan on Monday [Vahram Baghdasaryan/Reuters]
Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker, reporting from Yerevan, said Sargsyan's resignation was "astonishing".
"Thousands of people are on the streets, cheering and hugging each other, jumping up and down and honking their horns … things happened so quickly, I don't think the crowd was expecting this but it is exactly what they wanted," Forestier-Walker said.
"We saw soldiers take to the streets, we saw priests, children and their parents, young and old coming out to show Armenia was really united in wanting these changes."
"This is an indication of how much people in Armenia have realised that they had the power to affect change in a system that was widely regarded as corrupt."
#1157436 at 2018-04-23 19:46:49 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1447: Another Manic Monday Edition
The Armenians have spoken.
"There were scenes of jubilation on Monday in the Armenian capital Yerevan after protests forced the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan.
Opposition supporters accused Mr Sargsyan, who was made prime minister last week after serving 10 years as president, of clinging to power.
"The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand," Mr Sargsyan said in a statement.
Former prime minister Karen Karapetyan has taken over as acting PM.
The announcement came soon after opposition leader NikolPashinyan was released from detention. Mr Pashinyan had been arrested on Sunday after he called for Mr Sargsyan's resignation during televised talks."
#1155598 at 2018-04-23 16:17:43 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1445: Stealth E-Bake Edition
Armenia's prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has resigned unexpectedly in an apparent attempt to quell days of massive street protests.
Residents of the capital, Yerevan, poured out on the streets to celebrate after Sargsyan announced his resignation in an online statement. "The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand," the statement said.
Hundreds of uniformed soldiers had joined anti-government demonstrators earlier on Monday on the 11th consecutive day of protests over an alleged power grab by Sargsyan.
Prior to Sargsyan's resignation, and apparently yielding to opposition pressure, police released NikolPashinyan, a protest leader and opposition MP who had been arrested alongside hundreds of demonstrators on Sunday in an attempt to crush the demonstrations. Until his release, Pashinyan's whereabouts had been unknown.
#1128646 at 2018-04-21 13:02:53 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1410: The World is Watching Edition
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, appointed this month after 10 years as president, called for immediate dialogue on Saturday with opposition protesters who accuse him of clinging to power and demand he step down.
Sarksyan's call coincided with a ninth consecutive day of rallies by tens of thousands of opposition supporters demonstrating against his appointment.
"I'm deeply concerned by political developments in the country and call on MP NikolPashinyan to start a political dialogue in order to avoid irreversible losses," Sarksyan said in a statement. "It should be done immediately." Pashinyan, an opposition MP and the leader of the protests, said it was "too late to talk to the government."
"I'm calling on Serzh Sarksyan to accept our demand," he told journalists.
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#63080 at 2021-02-25 18:42:08 (UTC+1) QR Midnight Riders #288: Why Would Biden Cancel Operation Talon? Edition
Protests rock Armenia as PM slams 'coup' attempt: Live updates
NikolPashinyan is under mounting pressure to quit over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, but his supporters have come out in force.
David Child and
25 Feb 2021 - Updated: 2 hours ago
Armenian Prime Minister NikolPashinyan has accused top military officers of attempting a coup after they demanded that he step down, adding fuel to months-long protests calling for his resignation.
Anti-government sentiment swelled last November, after the conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region ended, and gathered pace again this week. The conflict saw thousands killed on both sides and swathes of territory in and around the mountainous region ceded to Azerbaijan.
With pressure on Pashinyan mounting as protesters decry his handling of that war, the military on Thursday issued a statement calling for his resignation.
Pashinyan responded by firing Onik Gasparyan, the head of the army's General Staff.
He then took to the streets of the capital, Yerevan, in a bid to rally supporters behind him - a move that worked, with thousands coming out to back him.
But throngs of opposition demonstrators also protested in Yerevan on Thursday, chanting "Nikol, you traitor!" and "Nikol, resign!" while blocking streets and paralysing traffic around the capital.
3 hours ago (14:16 GMT)
Defence ministry says 'unacceptable' to involve army in politics
Armenia's defence ministry issues a statement saying that the army is not a political structure and that any attempts to involve it in politics are inadmissible.
"The army is not a political institution and attempts to involve it in political processes are unacceptable," the ministry said. "Each such attempt is a threat to the stability and security of the Armenian Republic."
3 hours ago (14:05 GMT)
Armenia in 'unprecedented crisis'
Richard Giragosian, director of the Yerevan-based Regional Studies Center think-tank, says there is "an unprecedented new danger and risk of a potential military coup" in Armenia.
"We are approaching an unprecedented crisis that's threatening the integrity of normally stable civil-military relations," Giragosian told France 24.
#1204 at 2020-10-26 00:19:23 (UTC+1) QR Midnight Riders #3: "KEEP CHARGING MIDNIGHT RIDERS!" Edition
In Armenia the Soros Foundation supports numerous NGOs that run programs in the field of human rights protection, women's rights protection, anti-corruption campaigns, election monitoring and oversight and other causes. Naturally, these organizations, with their years of activities, have contributed to the victory of NikolPashinyan's popular movement. Many of the leaders of these organizations are currently holding high level positions in the new government. For the old regime members this is a proof that many in Pashinyan's circle are beholden to foreign forces.