Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations


Armenia, Russia negotiating new $100 mln military loan deal: Minister
/Sept 12/PanArmenian/

Armenia and Russia are negotiating a new military loan agreement worth $100 million, Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan told reporters on Wednesday, September 12, according to

Tonoyan was asked whether new arms deliveries from Russia and military contracts with Moscow are planned in the near future.

“The process is underway, but I can’t disclose the types of weapons under the deals,” Tonoyan was quoted as saying.

“More information will be provided when the time comes,” the Minister said, adding that cooperation with Russia is “pretty successful.”

In November 2017, the Armenian government approved an agreement on a $100 million Russian loan to finance deliveries of defense products from Russia. Under the agreement, the loan issued at a three present interest rate is to be used in 2018-2022.

As reported earlier, the Armenian Armed Forces have received all the weapons and ammunition envisioned under a $200 loan agreement with Russia, signed in June 2015.

Armenian-Chinese inter-ministerial consultations held in Beijing
/Sept 17/Arminfo/Marianna Mkrtchyan/

Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Armen Papikyan met with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui in Beijing. As the press service of Armenian Foreign Ministry informs the meeting was followed by political consultations between Foreign Ministries of Armenia and China, during which the sides reiterated their commitment to further deepen, ensure the consistency and develop the Armenian-Chinese friendly relations.

The parties discussed and reached agreements on issues related to political dialogue and mutual visits of high-level officials, cooperation between the Foreign Ministries, realization of the potential of trade and economic cooperation, expansion of legal framework, promotion of tourism and further facilitation of visa regime for citizens of both countries, including liberalization, as well as the cooperation within the framework of international organizations, technical assistance provided by China to Armenia, contacts and exchanges in the humanitarian sphere.

Deputy Minister Papikyan also briefed on the recent developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and expressed his gratitude to the Chinese side for the position of the People’s Republic of China to support the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ efforts aimed at exclusively peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Within the framework of the visit Armen Papikyan also had a meeting with Qian Hongshan, the Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Issues related to bilateral cooperation were touched upon during the meeting. Both sides highlighted the importance of interconnecting and deepening the development strategies of Armenia and China. The sides commended the course of implementation of the agreements reached and expressed readiness to develop mutually beneficial cooperation.

Armenia, China sign air communication agreement
/Sept 18/A+/

On September 15, Chair of Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee Tatevik Revazyan has arrived to Guangzhou, China at the invitation of her Chinese counterparts.

Revazyan will participate at the World Routes 2018 event in the city, the foreign ministry said.

On September 16, the Armenian aviation official took part in the inauguration of the event. Revazyan held a brief meeting with Wang Zhiqing, Deputy Administrator at the Civil Aviation Administration of China. After the meeting Revazyan signed an agreement between the Armenian and Chinese governments on air communications.

During the meeting the sides expressed opinion that this agreement will serve as the legal basis for establishing direct air communication between the two countries, which in turn will strengthen and develop bilateral relations in various fields.

Revazyan is also expected to meet with executives of Chinese airline companies to discuss the possibilities of establishing direct flights to Armenia.

Newspaper: US embassy revokes visas of those at center of Armenia law enforcement’s attention Newspaper: US embassy revokes visas of those at center of Armenia law enforcement’s attention
/Sept 19/

YEREVAN. – After the velvet revolution in the Republic of Armenia (RA), several former officials and criminal “elements” have faced a serious problem—not solely in the country, but also abroad—Zhoghovurd (People) newspaper reported. 

“After the revolution, many [of them] have attempted to leave Armenia, before the [Armenian] law enforcement officers would start dealing with them. Moreover, most of them have securely stayed in the United States of America.

“But according to Zhoghovurd daily, the US embassy in the RA has revoked the US entry visas of persons who have appeared in the center of attention of the RA law enforcement officers.

“Zhoghovurd daily petitioned to the US embassy in the RA for comments, asking to provide the list of those people whose visas have been revoked. The US embassy did not refute our information, but they did not provide the list. ‘According to US law, visa cases are confidential, and we are not authorized to give comments with regard to individual cases,’ [they said,]” Zhoghovurd wrote.