YEREVAN, January 20. /ARKA/. The Armenian government is likely to approve a new package of measures in a bid to give a fresh push to economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Artsakh, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said during a government’s Q&A session in parliament.
“In all likelihood, at its meeting next week the government will adopt a new economic anti-crisis package with new toolkit for post-coronavirus and post-war economic recovery,” he said.
On January 11 the government of Armenia extended by another six months the nationwide quarantine aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Concurrently, it removed some of the restrictions, allowing, particularly, foreigners to enter Armenia through its land border crossings.
The government lifted also restrictions on indoor and outdoor festive events. One of them banned restaurant parties attended by more than 60 people.
Citizens are required to continue wearing face coverings in all public areas, keep social distancing and observe hygiene rules.
On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijani armed forces, backed by Turkey and foreign mercenaries and terrorists, attacked Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire front line using rocket and artillery weapons, heavy armored vehicles, military aircraft and prohibited types of weapons such as cluster bombs and phosphorus weapons.
After 44 days of the war, on November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement on the cessation of all hostilities. According to the document, the parties stopped at where they were at that time. The town of Shushi, the districts of Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin were handed over to Azerbaijan, with the exception of a 5-kilometer corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia.
A Russian peacekeeping contingent was deployed along the contact line in Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor. Internally displaced persons and refugees are returning to Karabakh and adjacent regions, prisoners of war, hostages and other detained persons and bodies of the dead are being exchanged.