Vardan Ayvazyan () is the current Ecology Minister of Armenia. In September 2006, at a press conference criticizing the American Global Gold corporation, he said, "Do you know who you are defending? You are defending kikes! Go over their and find out who is behind this company and if we should let them come here!". Jewish.ru. Published by ArmInfo on 28 September 2006 (retrieved 29 September 2006). Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006. After Rimma Varzhapetian's protests, Aivazian claimed he did not mean to offend Jews and that such criticism was intended strictly for the Global Gold company.