Updated 0900 GMT
The President of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Bako Sahakyan, on Thursday (8 February) signed a decree awarding serviceman Hayk Kalantaryan the Medal for Service in Battle post humously. The twenty year old soldier was killed yesterday in the Karabakh conflict zone.
Azerbaijan earlier said that it repulsed an Armenian "provocation" in the Fizuli District on the line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone, killing one Armenian soldier and seriously wounding two others.
The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence was commenting about Armenian media reports that an Armenian soldier serving with the military formations of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was killed by Azerbaijani fire on Wednesday (7 February). The deceased soldier was named as twenty-year old Hayk Kalantaryan.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: 20 year Hayk Kalantaryan
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"