Armenia has announced that the country will stop switching to daylight saving time from this year in a move that reduces the time difference with Western Europe and keeps Yerevan on the same time as Moscow.
The announcement follows government-approved amendments that abolish seasonal time zone changes.
As in the European Union, clocks in Armenia have for decades been turned forward one hour in March and back one hour in October.
Armenia is currently four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and three hours ahead of Central European Time. Under the new system, Armenia and most of the European Union will be two hours apart from March to October.
Moscow, which is in the same time zone as Yerevan, decided last year to stop putting Russian clocks back for the winter.