Experts claim that sanctions by the West against Russia because of the Ukrainian crisis have put Russia-dependent Armenia in a difficult economic state.
Although Armenian neighbor Iran’s resistance against the West did not have any major negative results on Armenia, this does not serve as a ground to think that Armenia will be able to withstand the problems awaiting the Russian economy.
The talk about the possible return of Armenia’s second president Robert Kocharyan to active politics that has been there for years re-activated recently in the wake of the former leader’s interview taken late last month on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary (marked on August 31).
While Armenia is trying to promote its exports to Russia to benefit from the new economic conditions in this country, economists still remain skeptical about the efficiency and eventual success of the measures that are being taken.
Armenia’s civil society will continue to demand solutions to problems of vital concerns, but discussions about how to organize this continued struggle in the most effective way will also be added to its agenda, activists say.
Neither representatives of the political opposition nor many public figures have great expectations from Armenia’s new government that has already been described by some critics as ‘pro-oligarchic’. Those who trust in it and believe that it will carry out the necessary reforms appear to be a minority for now.
Political analysts say that although the daily rising tension between political governmental and non-governmental forces promises a ‘hot’ autumn, the majority of the public is unprepared to present demands to the political opposition and stay consistent about such demands.
Joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will somewhat increase grape production in Armenia, as well as wine and brandy production volumes, however, because grape cultivating resources are limited in the country existence of markets might result in falsifications of products, winemaker Avag Harutyunyan told reporters on Friday.
The Armenian government wants to hand over the shares of Nairit and Nairit-2 companies instead of debts to the Ministry of Finance and Vorotan HPP CJSC. Thus, the executive tries to improve the financial state of the energy system.
The legislative amendment on reducing the size of penalties for traffic violations will come into force on July 26. On this occasion organizations dealing with drivers rights call for motorists to be careful because attention toward drivers will rise.