Discussions are on in Armenia regarding what other arguments Moscow may use to persuade Armenia to join the emerging Eurasian Union, a major post-Soviet reintegration effort initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan did not attend the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on May 28, nor did he travel to Astana, Kazakhstan, the following day for the EurAsEC summit there, which gave rise to speculations that thus the Armenian leader showed his determination not to bow to Russian pressure.
Two of the six presidents of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)-member countries were absent from the Russia-led defense alliance’s informal summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, held on Tuesday. Those were the presidents of Belarus and Armenia.
While Armenia is trying to establish ties with the European Union, Russia is gradually tightening its immigration laws, and it is quite possible that very soon emigrational outflows from Armenia will be changing their direction.
International mediators brokering a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are again expected to arrive in the region today. But this time their visit is likely to be aimed at maintaining the relevance of the negotiation process rather than giving it a boost.
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said last week that Armenia intends to issue government bonds to be for the first time placed on the world market. He said that till the end of this year the country will try to place Eurobonds worth 500 million to 1 billion USD.
This week at the 123rd session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg, France, attended by delegations from 47 countries Armenia assumed its first-ever six-month rotating chairmanship of the organization.
May 14 saw the opening of two ‘ritual’ establishments in Armenia – Surb Hovhannes (St. John the Baptist) Church in Abovyan and a large entertainment center in the north of Yerevan. Both facilities have been built at the expense of the family of Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) leader Gagik Tsarukyan.
After the end of another election cycle in which the ruling party only consolidated its grip on power, there seems to have been a growing appreciation in Armenia for public protests as a constitutional way of influencing government decision-making.