Armenian News - NEWS.am presents the daily digest of Armenia-related top news as of 18.06.21:
• Today was the last day of the agitation campaign for the Armenian snap parliamentary elections.
Until the end of voting at the elections at 8 pm on Sunday, any campaigning for or against political forces claiming to enter the National Assembly of Armenia of the 8th convocation is prohibited in the country.
Large fines and other penalties were imposed for violating the ban on campaigning. Before the day of the elections, the voters have time to think and make a deliberate choice.
The two main rivals are the Armenia bloc - led by second president Robert Kocharyan - and Civil Contract Party - led by acting PM Nikol Pashinyan.
• Bodies of three more Armenian soldiers have been found in territories of Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh] seized by Azerbaijan.
Armenia will designate forensic medicine expert examination to identify the bodies.
Since the truce, the remains of a total of 1,579 servicemen have been found in the territories that are no longer under the control of Artsakh.
• The Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan has announced a search for a group of Russian Armenian businessmen, led by chairman Ara Abrahamyan of the Union of Armenians of Russia.
According to Baku, they 'expose the aggressive nature of Armenia, which has turned terrorism into one of the main tools of its aggressive policy supporting terrorism at the state level.'
The Prosecutor General's Office states that all possible measures are being taken to bring the perpetrators of these and other similar crimes to justice in accordance with international law.
• The British government supported a London-listed mining company that stands to profit from the recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, openDemocracy reported.
The British embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, offered to help Anglo Asian Mining after diplomats learned that the company was set to secure access to mining concessions in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)] and other adjacent districts.
The UK’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, James Sharp, met with Anglo Asian at the height of the conflict, according to email correspondence released under Freedom of Information. After the meeting, Anglo Asian sent Sharp a follow-up email containing information about gold deposits in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding territories.
Embassy officials later offered to discreetly raise issues and questions on Anglo Asian’s behalf at a meeting with Azerbaijan’s state-owned mining company.
• Russia is in close contact with Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to stabilize the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh [(Artsakh)], Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian president, told TASS.
Peskov also noted that Russia is closely following the information about the possibility of establishing a Turkish military base in Azerbaijan.
"Undoubtedly, this issue is at the center of our attention," he said.
• As of Friday morning, 86 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of these cases has reached 224,086 in the country.
Also, one more death from COVID-19 was registered, making the respective total 4,492 cases.
The number of people who have recovered over the past one day is 238, the total respective number so far is 215,893.