Armenia

Country Armenia
Capital Yerevan
Continent Asia
Currency Dram(AMD)
Languages Armenian

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Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Ottoman. During World War I in the western portion of Armenia, Ottoman Turkey instituted a policy of forced resettlement coupled with other harsh practices that resulted in an estimated 1 million Armenian deaths. The eastern area of Armenia was ceded by the Ottomans to Russia in 1828; this portion declared its independence in 1918, but was conquered by the Soviet Red Army in 1920. Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey closed the common border with Armenia in 1994 because of the Armenian separatists' control of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, further hampering Armenian economic growth. However, in 2009 senior Armenian leaders began pursuing rapprochement with Turkey, which could result in the border reopening.

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Russia's Double Dealing in Armenia and Azerbaijan - International Policy Digest (press release) (blog)

International Policy Digest (press release) (blog)

Russia's Double Dealing in Armenia and Azerbaijan
International Policy Digest (press release) (blog)
The South Caucasus countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in conflict since 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh, a majority-Armenian enclave in the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, demanded to be transferred to Armenia. Ethnic tensions boiled over and ...
Armenia Urges Artsakh Recognition as Aliyev Calls for 'Reclaiming' Yerevan, MeghriAsbarez Armenian News
Armenia's constitutional changes could have foreign policy implicationsRussia Direct
My Proud Pilgrimage to My HomelandNew York Times
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Armenian Defense Minister and Piotr Switalski discuss development prospects of Armenia-EU relations - Armenpress.am

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Armenian Defense Minister and Piotr Switalski discuss development prospects of Armenia-EU relations
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YEREVAN, DECEMBER 6, ARMENPRESS. Defense Minister of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan received on December 6 Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski. As “Armenpress” was informed from the press service of the Defense ...
Armenia should take pride in its young people, EU Ambassador saysMediamax.am

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Iran to Help Set Up Meghri Free Zone in Armenia - Asbarez Armenian News

Asbarez Armenian News

Iran to Help Set Up Meghri Free Zone in Armenia
Asbarez Armenian News
TEHRAN, Iran (Islamic Republic News Agency)—Iran's Minister of Industries, Mines and Trade Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh said on Monday that Iran will contribute to construction and operation of Meghri Free Zone in Armenia. Nematzadeh made the ...
Armenia and Iran to Launch Free Economic Zone at Meghri Border RegionMassisPost

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Azerbaijan, Turkey Lie About Armenia's Nuclear Safety says Nalbandian - Asbarez Armenian News

Asbarez Armenian News

Azerbaijan, Turkey Lie About Armenia's Nuclear Safety says Nalbandian
Asbarez Armenian News
VIENNA, Austria—During his statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions on December 5, Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian stated that Azerbaijan and Turkey ...



Matej Michalko: Armenia has a huge potential in Blockchain Technologies - Banks.am

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Matej Michalko: Armenia has a huge potential in Blockchain Technologies
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We are going to use the intellectual potential, the resources and experience that Armenia has for development of Blockchain technologies. We want to bring Blockchain Technology to mass markets and public domains through everlasting innovation and ...



Iran-Armenia Joint Economic Commission wraps up in Tehran ... - Mehr News Agency - English Version

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Iran-Armenia Joint Economic Commission wraps up in Tehran ...
Mehr News Agency - English Version
TEHRAN, Dec. 06 (MNA) – The 14th Iran-Armenia Joint Economic Commission session, which aimed to boost bilateral trade turnover, came to an end on ...

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Agriculture Minister meets India's Ambassador to Armenia ... - Armenpress.am

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Agriculture Minister meets India's Ambassador to Armenia ...
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YEREVAN, DECEMBER 6, ARMENPRESS. Minister of Agriculture Ignati Arakelyan on December 6 held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and ...

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Azerbaijan Denies Russia Access of Plane Flying Through Armenia ... - Asbarez Armenian News

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Azerbaijan Denies Russia Access of Plane Flying Through Armenia ...
Asbarez Armenian News
The air authorities of Azerbaijan refused the Russian Il-76 military transport aircraft to fly to Syria through its air space, forcing the plane to return to the airport in ...

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28 years of revival: December 7 marks Spitak earthquake's anniversary - Armenpress.am

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28 years of revival: December 7 marks Spitak earthquake's anniversary
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YEREVAN, DECEMBER 7, ARMENPRESS. The Spitak earthquake shattered the peace of Armenia 28 years ago. A 10 magnitude near the epicenter devastating earthquake took place in 40% of the territory of Armenia at 11:41 (local time), December 7, 1988.
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Eurasian Development Bank to provide 100 million USD loan to ... - Armenpress.am

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Eurasian Development Bank to provide 100 million USD loan to ...
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Armenia has already received $40 million loan for modernizing irrigation systems and $150 million for the construction of the the 4th stage of “North-South” ...

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