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Yearbook 2001

Armenia. In January, Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan were admitted at the same time as members of the Council of Europe. In the spring, Armenian President Robert Kotjarjan and Azerbaijan President Gejdar Alijev met in the United States to negotiate the Armenian breakaway piano Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan demands to regain power over the enclave, which Armenia opposes. The talks were unsuccessful and during the summer, Azerbaijan's defense minister accused Armenia of military armaments at the border.

2001 Armenia

According to Countryaah, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov visited Armenia in September. Russia is Armenia's most important military ally and trading partner. Agreements were signed on Russian military advisers in the country and on an expansion of the Russian military base on Armenian territory near the border with Turkey.

Following the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, Armenia opened its airspace for US military flight en route to Afghanistan. At the same time, Azerbaijani mass media accused Armenians of being behind the attacks in the United States - the hijacked aircraft had taken off in Boston, which has a significant Armenian population.

Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion and during the year celebrated the 1,700th anniversary of this event. Pope John Paul II then became the first Catholic head to visit Armenia, whose independent church is akin to the Greek Orthodox.

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