Cooperation between Armenia and the United States may reach a whole new level with the signing on October 18 of a memorandum on cooperation in the energy sphere.
The U.S.-Armenia Joint Economic Taskforce (USATF) held its meeting in Yerevan on Thursday.The American delegation for the session was co-headed by Eric Rubin, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, and Daniel Rosenblum, a senior State Department official coordinating U.S. assistance to former Soviet republics. The Armenian delegation was let by Finance Minister Vache Gabrielyan. The meeting was attended by representatives of various departments of the United States, in particular, the Committee for Nuclear Regulation, the Trade Office and the Agency for International Development.
The Armenian National Congress (ANC), which is considered to be the main opposition force in Armenia, has not yet announced its presidential candidate, making the intrigue last for a little longer. As ANC coordinator Levon Zurabyan said on Tuesday, the opposition bloc does have a candidate – its leader and former president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, but his nomination depends on whether he himself wants to run for the top post.
Despite the optimistic tone of the meeting of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission, which took place in Yerevan late last week, it still revealed the reluctance of Yerevan to strengthen its ties with Moscow.
Several Armenian media, citing their sources, report the visit to Armenia by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was originally said to have been scheduled for mid-September, will take place in late October or early November.
Over the last week President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at least three times during interviews and official meetings stated that Azerbaijan is preparing for war, and the Armenian people will mobilize their full potential in the event of resumed hostilities over Karabakh.
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.
With Armenian lawmakers poised to strip ex-Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian of his current parliamentary immunity following a request from the attorney general, speculation is on that ‘money laundering’ or other charges the prosecutors are going to bring against a senior member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) may serve political purposes and even have to do with some personal relations.
Against the background of Armenia’s activating its European integration processes and Russia’s increasingly demanding Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Union, Brussels has decided to move from promises to action.