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Armenian News - NEWS.am presents the digest of top news of protests in Yerevan as of 30.06.22:

  • Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed a trilateral memorandum on Tuesday on the Nordic countries’ NATO membership process after an important meeting in Madrid in which Ankara has got the concrete steps it was awaiting especially in the field of terrorism.

Finland and Sweden declared their intention to join the 30-member Western defensive alliance in May, in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Turkey initially threatened to veto their application but after four hours of talks at the Nato summit in Madrid the three countries reached a compromise. NATO leaders are expected to officially invite Finland and Sweden to become members before the end of the meeting.

Turkey says it will now be pushing for the extradition of 33 "terror" suspects from Finland and Sweden, under a deal that lifted Ankara's objections to the two Nordic states' bids to join Nato.

Turkey would ask them to "fulfill their promises", the justice minister said.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden thanked Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the deal with Finland and Sweden that paved the way for the two Scandinavian countries to become NATO members.

Biden, in a brief speech before their meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, also thanked Erdogan for Ankara's efforts to help get grain out of Ukraine.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan and USAID Chief of Mission John Allelo signed a five-year cooperation agreement on development cooperation between Armenia and the U.S. under which Armenia will receive a $120 million grant.

The agreement aims to strengthen democratic values and ensure economic stability.

On behalf of the Armenian government and himself, Grigoryan thanked the U.S. side for its assistance.

For his part, Allelo expressed gratitude to all of the government partners who participated in drafting the agreement.

  • Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly announced today an expansion of Canada's diplomatic presence and capacity in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

The Canadian Foreign Ministry said that the diplomatic expansion will help guide Canada's response to emerging security threats, strengthen political and economic cooperation to support European allies, as well as counter the effects of war in Ukraine and support Armenia in its democratic development.

  • The Armenian prisoner died Tuesday at the intensive care unit of a Yerevan medical center, shamshyan.com reports.

He was taken to this hospital from Sevan Penitentiary and was on a hunger strike.

The police are preparing materials on the incident.

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