The recently published detailed statistics on Armenia’s foreign trade turnover in January 2015 may be an indication of new fundamental trends in the Armenian economy as well as lingering problems with the new economic grouping that Armenia signed up to from the beginning of this year.
On October 15 Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Turkey where he is expected to sign a number of important agreements, and then, together with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan he will arrive in Baku for the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, which is also expected to result in the signing of important documents, possibly trilateral ones.
Armenia’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) MP Vartan Oskanian made a remarkable entry on his Facebook account after the parliamentary majority voted to strip him of his parliamentary immunity and allow his prosecution on embezzlement charges.
Today’s National Assembly vote that potentially paves the way for sending former Minister of Foreign Affairs Vartan Oskanian to jail is so wrong, ill-conceived and ill-timed, it is hard to know which of the legion of absurdities to address.
Head of the Sociometer Sociological Center Aharon Adibekyan for the first time on Tuesday spoke about the likelihood of Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) leader Gagik Tsarukyan being fielded as a single opposition candidate. Despite the fact that Tsarukyan calls his party an alternative rather than an opposition, support for the PAP candidate from other opposition forces, in particular, from the main opposition bloc, Armenian National Congress (ANC), is not excluded.
The start of nominations in the February 2013 presidential election will begin in Armenia in about a month, but the possible candidates are still mostly vague on their plans, maintaining the intrigue till the last moment. This is true for both the government and the opposition, which leads some analysts to conclude that in next year’s presidential campaign incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan may remain without serious competition.
Last year I wrote about Armenia’s independence, but at that time I was impressed by and excited about the grandiose, spectacular military parade staged on the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence. This year I am writing ahead of the celebration and, with more sober judgment.
A few days ago my friend Liana published a status in Facebook: “Crossed the street at green light and someone approached and gave me a green sheet of paper with the words ‘Thank you. You are a law-abiding citizen’. It was so nice.”
Many experts do not agree that the planned referendum in the Crimea (Ukraine) on its accession to Russia and Moscow’s recognition of its results may become a precedent for other unresolved conflicts.
Editor-in-chief of the Karabakh-based political magazine “Analyticon” Gegham Baghdasaryan, for example, believes that every crisis is unique and attempts to measure conflicts by the same stick could prove futile.
Armenia’s recent military acquisitions and announced modernization of some of its defense capabilities may fit the general context of a big war prospect in the Greater Middle East that is deemed as real as ever after this week’s direct involvement of Israel in the escalating conflict in Syria.