Accusations by Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutyun) Bureau representative Hrant Markarian leveled at Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan became the main political intrigue in Armenia last week against the backdrop of a slack political season conditioned by the period of summer vacations.
The Eastern Partnership summit of the European People’s Party (EPP) took place in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau on July 11. It was attended by the presidents of Armenia, Georgia and Moldova, as well as the chairman of the EPP.
Armenia appears to be taking the Genocide recognition process to another level by starting to demand the elimination of its consequences.
Last week, during a pan-Armenian forum of lawyers organized by the Ministry of the Diaspora Armenian Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepyan made a sensational statement. He said that compensation must be given to the heirs of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Church should recover the miraculously preserved churches and holdings, and Armenia should recover its territories.
On July 11 the Moldovan capital of Chisinau will host the Eastern Partnership summit of the European People’s Party (EPP) to be attended by the presidents of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia, as well as the chairman of the EPP Wilfried Martens.
The sale by Russia of offensive weapons to Azerbaijan caused a wave of discontent in Armenia. What particularly angered many local politicians and experts was the sale of Smerch rocket launchers, which are considered to be one of the deadliest weapons.
What is happening in Turkey today is likely to be its prime minister’s worst nightmare and in view of these recent events Armenia will have to be prepared for serious developments in the neighboring country with which it does not have diplomatic relations, but has a bundle of unresolved issues instead.
Armenia does not yet aim to join the European Union, the matter concerns only a Free Trade Area with the EU, said Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shavarsh Kocharyan on Thursday. He also added that Armenia does not aspire to become a member of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan either.
Almost the whole of Armenia’s top leadership is visiting Europe these days: President Serzh Sargsyan has been on a visit to Poland, Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had left for a Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly session in Strasbourg, and even Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II decided to pay visits to France and Switzerland.
Armenia’s regional archrival Azerbaijan is holding presidential elections next fall, with the country’s ruling Aliyev clan doing everything to retain power. This time around the Aliyevs’ technology can become a real ‘know-how’ in world politics.
Iran has been active in Armenia in the past several weeks, which brings forth opinions about the likelihood of closer Armenian-Iranian relations in the time to come and the implementation of a number of major regional projects involving the two neighbors. This closer cooperation may also mean that Armenia will depend less on Russia when it comes to energy matters.