Armenians all over the world mark Christmas day today. At Churches in Armenia, and amongst the diaspora communities, celebrations started late on Sunday evening and into Monday.
The Georgian Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe and amongst migrant communities from Sydney to New York start celebrating Christmas this evening, ahead of Christmas day on 7 January.
In Georgia, which has a sizable Armenian community, President Marghvelashvili and Prime Minister Garibashvili issued special messages congratulating the Armenian community on the occasion of Christmas Day. The Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilya II, will preside over a religious service in Tbilisi's main Cathedral later this evening.
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.
An incident at a military facility of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic resulted in three Armenian soldiers killed and one seriously injured. It is not clear what the exact circumstances of the incident were, but for the moment it is being treated as an accident.