Officials in Armenia have long downplayed the potential threats posed by the aging Metsamor nuclear power plant, not far from the capital Yerevan. At the same time, the facility has been repeatedly ranked as one of the world’s most dangerous nuclear power stations.
Earlier this year, Georgia’s successful sting operation to uncover a weapons-grade uranium trafficking operation made headlines worldwide. Armenia has reportedly worked closely with Georgia in the ongoing investigation, but officials in Yerevan are reluctant to detail the country’s connection to the case.
In a move likely to raise eyebrows abroad, Georgia and Iran have dropped visa requirements and resumed direct flights in a bid to expand economic ties. The agreements between Tbilisi, Washington’s closest ally in the South Caucasus, and Tehran come amid ongoing efforts by Iran to press ahead with its nuclear program, despite opposition from the US and European Union.