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Armenia Again Rejects Turkish Preconditions

Armenia on Wednesday denounced Turkish leaders’ continuing linkage of Turkish-Armenian relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying that Ankara risks wrecking the western-backed rapprochement between the two states.

Kremlin Ready To Reopen Georgia Border Crossing

Russia is ready to reopen its main border crossing with Georgia heavily used by Armenian exporters despite refusing to deal with the current Georgian leadership, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

Armenian Parliament Gives Green Light for Afghan Mission

The National Assembly allowed the Armenian government on Tuesday to deploy a small contingent of troops in Afghanistan in line with its commitments to NATO.

The parliament overwhelmingly ratified a relevant agreement, signed by Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian and top NATO officials last month, after a one-day debate that attracted surprisingly little interests from many lawmakers.

Armenian Grape Output Sees Growth

Armenian farmers have grown 10 percent more grapes this fall and have already sold out of them despite the ongoing economic crisis, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

OSCE Members Praise New Push For Karabakh Peace

The foreign ministers of over 50 countries making up Europe’s largest security structure praised Armenia and Azerbaijan late Wednesday for their latest pledge to “work intensively” to overcome disagreements hampering the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Russia to Own 50 Percent of New Armenian Nuclear Plant

Armenia’s government unveiled on Thursday plans to create a Russian-Armenian joint venture tasked with building a nuclear power station in place of the aging soviet-era facility at Metsamor by 2017.

Armenia Govt. Comes to Aid of Crisis-Hit Construction Sector

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–In what could be a major boost to one of the largest sectors of Armenia’s economy, the government approved on Thursday at least 20 billion drams ($54 million) in credit guarantees for local construction firms hit hard by the economic crisis. “The state guarantees will enable builders to attract credit resources from commercial banks,”

Obama, Aliyev Discuss Turkish-Armenian Ties

BAKU (Combined Sources)–U.S. President Barack Obama has defended an unconditional normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey in a phone call with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, who is strongly opposed to such prospect, RFE/RL reported. The two leaders spoke on the phone late Tuesday after Obama ended a two-day visit to Turkey during which

Russian Troops Entering Abkhazia’s Gali Region

TBILISI (RFE/RL) — Russian troops have been entering Abkhazia’s Gali region since April 7, RFE/RL’s Georgia Service reports. Government sources in Georgia’s Zugdidi region told RFE/RL that additional Russian troops moved to the breakaway republic of Abkhazia’s Gali region on April 7, which borders Georgia proper. Abkhaz presidential spokesman Ruslan Kishmaria confirmed the information to

Armenia, Iran to be Connected By Rail in Five Years

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenia and Iran on Friday formalized their plans to construct a railway that would connect the two neighboring countries and significantly boost economic cooperation between them. The Armenian and Iranian ministers of transport signed a preliminary “memorandum of understanding” to that effect after talks in Yerevan. They said the final version of the document