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US Planes to Partake in Israeli Military Drill Simulating Strike on Iran

The newly confirmed commander of US military forces in the Middle East, US Army Gen. Michael Kurilla, spent a whole day with Israeli army chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. He personally observed the ''Chariots of Fire'' exercise, which simulates a multi-front war against Iran, Asharq Al-Awsat reports.

Armenian FM meets Czech counterpart in Turin, Italy

On May 20, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan, who is in Turin on a working visit to participate in the 132nd session of the CoE Committee of Foreign Ministers, met with Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, the Armenian foreign ministry said.

The construction of a new residential district in Noragyugh continues

The construction of a new residential district continue in the territory of Noragyugh community of Artsakh’s Askeran region.

Russia can offer 25 mln tonnes of grain for export starting on August 1 — UN envoy

Russia can offer 25 million tonnes of grain for export via the port of Novorossiysk starting from August 1 and until the end of this year, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said, speaking at UN Security Council meeting on conflicts and food security Thursday, Tass informs.

Session of CSTO Council of Defense Ministers to be held on May 24

The session of the Council of Defense Ministers of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will take place on May 24. The participants will discuss the security threats and challenges, the CSTO said in a press release.

President Harutyunyan received RA Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Narek Mkrtchyan

On May 20, Artsakh Republic President Arayik Harutyunyan received Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Narek Mkrtchyan, the Presidential Office stated.

Russia Not to Export Food at Expense of Domestic Market : Medvedev

Russia will not export food at the expense of its own market, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said in his Telegram cahhnel Thursday, TASS reports.

Greenhouses being built in a number of communities in Martuni

With the funding of the ATP Charitable Foundation and within the framework of the Green Training Center support program, greenhouses are being built in Herher, Karmir Shuka and Taghavard communities of Artsakh’s Martuni region.

US to Supply Ukraine with Weapons Worth $100 Mln in New Assistance Package: Blinken

The US is sending Ukraine a new military assistance package, which includes supplies of weapons valued at $100 million, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Thursday, TASS reports.

EU explores ways to use assets of Russian entrepreneurs to finance Ukraine

The European Union is looking into ways of using the frozen assets of Russian oligarchs to fund the reconstruction of Ukraine after the war, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

Karekin II confirms election of Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan as Primate of Eastern Diocese of Armenian Church of America

Catholicos Karekin II of the Armenian Apostolic Church confirmed the election of the Very Reverend Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan to the office of Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

Artsakh plans to transition to semi-presidential system of government

The Republic of Artsakh plans to transition to a semi-presidential system of government.

White House says Biden, China’s Xi may talk in coming weeks

U.S. President Joe Biden may talk with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the coming weeks, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said aboard Air Force One on Thursday, Reuters reported.

G7 considers possibility of creating a 'cartel of buyers' of Russian oil

The G7 countries are discussing the creation of a special cartel, the purpose of which will be to set a price threshold for oil and oil products from Russia, Bloomberg reported, citing US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Coronavirus pandemic may end soon, virus to stay, top sanitary doctor says

The coronavirus pandemic may end in the near future yet the virus itself won’t go away, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Anna Popova said in an interview with TASS.

President Arayik Harutyunyan met with active members of the “Free Homeland” Party

On May 19, President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan visited the office of the “Free Homeland” Party and met with active party members, the Presidential Office stated.

Turkey remains opposed to Finland’s, Sweden’s admission to NATO — Erdogan

Ankara remains opposed to the idea of Finland’s and Sweden’s admission to NATO, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with Turkish youth in Ankara on Thursday, Tass informs.

Diplomat says Russia ready to return to talks when Ukraine expresses readiness

Russia will give a positive response as soon as Ukraine expresses willingness to return to the negotiating table, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko told reporters on Thursday, Tass informs.

Vardaton dedicated to Grigor Narekatsi held in Stepanakert

On 19 May, on the occasion of Vardaton dedicated to the poet, theologian Grigor Narekatsi, an event was held in Stepanakert Grigor Narekatsi University.

Armenia, Azerbaijan still far away from agreement, EU's Borrell says

EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell welcomed the meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council on Wednesday.