The statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Washington will openly oppose Russia’s attempts to re-integrate the post-Soviet countries into a new USSR-type union has caused a stir in the expert world.
Clinton made the statement about this attempt to “re-sovietize” the former USSR space last week at a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Dublin, Ireland.
The spokespersons of two former coalition partners, Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) measured their tongues in a verbal duel Thursday in what may turn into an open inter-party confrontation ahead of next year’s presidential election.
On Tuesday leader of the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) Gagik Tsarukyan started a two-day visit to Brussels to meet with senior representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Agency for Foreign Affairs, parliamentarians as well as leaders of the local Armenian community.
While Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his foreign minister have traveled around the world extensively in 2012, they don’t seem to have played host to many senior guests in their own country during the year.
Hosting European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and neighboring Georgia’s leader attending a major European summit in Yerevan these days is rather an exception that proves what has been a rule for Armenia recently.
The visit to Baku by the leader of the opposition Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian and the scandal caused by his attempt to speak at the Congress of Asian Political Parties was regarded by some in Armenia as mostly a pre-election stunt. Opinions have been voiced through online social networking sites and media that before the presidential election Hovannisian has tried to “score points” and become “a hero”.
The United States, Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group paid a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh on Thursday during which they urged official Stepanakert to refrain from putting a newly reconstructed airport into operation.
The Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) seems to be close to determining its format of participation in the upcoming presidential election. PAP lawmaker Vartan Oskanian has posted a note on his Facebook account in which he effectively rules out his presidential bid in February 2013. He also says that members of his party, with whom he met in recent days, unequivocally speak in favor of nominating PAP leader Gagik Tsarukyan.
In his most recent video blog United States Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern made a statement on the U.S.-Armenian-American economic cooperation. He reminded that on October 18 Yerevan hosted a regular meeting of the Armenian-American Task Group held for the purpose of exploring ways to develop bilateral trade and making investments.