Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday was in Nagorno-Karabakh where he attended a ceremony marking the opening of a new road named the "Vardenis-Martakert highway" which is expected to facilitate overland traffic between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. A news item on the website of the president said that "the road was built with donations made by all Armenians, including the funds raised by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund during the 2013 and 2014 telethons and with the support of the governments of Armenia and Artsakh".
The website said "President Serzh Sargsyan on September 2 in Stepanakert will take part in the celebrations on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Independence of Artsakh Republic".
The territory of Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Azerbaijan following a bloody conflict in the early 1990s. Its independence remains unrecognised by the international communtiy.
Source; commonspace.eu with agencies
Photo: President Sargsyan with other Armenian dignatries at the opening of a new road which is expected to facilitate overland traffic between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Armenia)
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"