After reopening, Armenian economy continues to struggle

Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet July 30, 2020

“It was the pandemic that hit the economy hard, not the lockdown itself.”

COMMENT: The military flare-up along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border is a modern-day James Bond film plot

James Dey founder and co-chair of Friends of Azerbaijan in South Africa July 29, 2020

The outbreak of a fresh military conflict on the Armenian and Azerbaijani border is straight out of a James Bond film and threatens both the region’s and Europe’s energy security among other things

Misery vs death

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 29, 2020

The painful choice faced by poorer emerging European countries as they are forced to balance the risk to life of a new coronavirus spike with the economic and human cost of a second lockdown.

Armenia gets vote of confidence from RAEX Europe ratings agency despite economic bludgeoning of COVID-19

bne IntelIiNews July 28, 2020

Most of small nation’s extra debt is related to donor support at concessional terms, says report, while fiscal and monetary policies are adequate. Continued high dependence on imports a drag on economic progress.

Turkey’s Armenia, Azerbaijan conflict role should be to “keep itself as far away as possible” says Armenian diplomat as military exercises are announced

bne IntelIiNews July 27, 2020

Ankara attempting to export “very destabilising” presence it has shown in eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East to South Caucasus says Yerevan’s envoy to Netherlands.

White House “paying little attention” to Armenia Azerbaijan fighting says Carnegie analyst

bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2020

Assessment concludes Washington does not see Caucasus as priority. Meanwhile, Iran, Russia and Turkey are filling “vacuum”.

Azerbaijan blames Georgia for helping arm Armenia

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet July 20, 2020

According to the allegations, Georgia allowed a shipment of Serbian rocket launchers destined for Armenia to transit its territory.

Azerbaijan says 38,000 signed up for armed forces since fresh Armenia clashes

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2020

Other developments include Baku threat to Armenian nuclear power station, Turkey pledging clear backing for “brother” Azeris and Russian military exercises.

Azerbaijani authorities crack down on pro-war demonstration in Baku

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

Demonstrators in Baku pushed for a full-blown war with Armenia after several days of the heaviest fighting between the two South Caucasus foes for years.

Death toll mounts as tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan spill over

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2020

Azerbaijan reported the deaths of one of its generals and five other officers on July 14, in the worst outbreak of fighting over the dispute Nagorno Karabakh enclave in several years.

Ucom tries to block Team’s acquisition of Veon Armenia

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2020

Telco Ucom is seeking to block an attempt by rival Team – set up earlier this year by two of its former executives – to buy Veon Armenia.

New lockdowns imposed in Eurasia to fight rising coronavirus cases

bne IntelliNews July 7, 2020

Several countries in Central Asia, the South Caucasus and the Western Balkans are seeing a strong rise in daily new cases after the easing of restrictions.