A “budget recovery” process has been launched in the Armenian parliament. It hardly goes beyond words now, but the lawmakers together with their speaker demand more vocally the punishment of those guilty of embezzling public funds.
Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reisi held a meeting with reporters in Yerevan on Tuesday during which he made a number of proposals to Armenia. The proposals were made almost directly, even though in a style typical of Persian diplomacy.
New, but still very weak hints that indicate increased pressure from the international community have appeared in the Karabakh settlement process as there is an increased probability of “normalization of relations” without actually resolving the conflict.
The passing week saw a National Security Council meeting on energy security and institutional strengthening of local government bodies in Armenia that was convened by the country’s President Serzh Sargsyan. The public was not informed on what particular discussions went on during the meeting and what specific decisions were made on the mentioned issues, but the president’s official website disseminated Sargsyan’s opening remarks in which he made a number of forecasts pertaining to the region.
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.