Armenia sandwiched between two Unions
November 27, 2013
Announcing the successful conclusion of negotiations on free trade and bunch of side effect agreements (such as visa liberalisation) after a three-and-a-half year marathon of negotiations with the European Union, and in fact becoming the champion among all six Eastern Partnership nations with the pace of its reforms, Armenia surprised many by performing a U-turn back to the Kremlin embrace, just in the eve of its independence 22nd anniversary. Many in the expert community (plus the diplomats off the record) doubted it was blind pressure from Russia that eventually bore fruits.
The only thing not fitting into the scheme is the absence of a common border. EU and Armenia, however, don’t have a common border – Turkey we don’t count.
September 4, 2013
Nothing unexpected happened in Moscow: Armenia couldn’t possibly refuse a union with Russia. There are several reasons for that including Armenia’s military capacity, needed by no one but Russia. Armenia won’t be included in NATO which Yerevan has no striving for, in full understanding that the price to pay will be inordinate.
Journalists are the conscience of the people. By removing and killing them, Turkey is killing and removing its own conscience.
April 18, 2013
Again, another Turkish journalist is to be thrown in jail for - according to Turkish Penal Code 301 (insulting the Turkish Nation, the Turkish Republic, its government or governmental institutions), one of the leading London-based Armenian activists, Odette Bazil says.
The Council of Ministers of the Armenian SSR helped the resettled population sell their houses, with monetary compensation also provided.
March 29, 2013
Azerbaijan continues its habit of distorting history: while accusing Armenia of every mortal sin, it pretends to be a lamb, misunderstood by everyone in the world except Turkey. It was ex-President Heydar Aliyev who first tried to "rewrite" the history. Even now, Baku is trying to prove that the resettlement of Azeris from Armenia was "the doing of Armenians."
Azerbaijan is waiting for Turkish explanations on the opening of Yerevan-Van flights, the latters not matching Ankara’s official stance.
March 20, 2013
A report on the opening of direct Yerevan-Van flights threw Baku into another fit of hysterics. Azerbaijan seems to believe that any Armenia-related step initiated by Russia or Turkey must be coordinated with Baku for fear of the “righteous anger” of Ilham Aliyev.
On the side of the authorities, there should now be thorough investigations into who violated the electoral code and with that produced a burden for their own candidate, Serzh Sargsyan.
March 2, 2013
On 1 March, five years after the tragedy of post-electoral unrests in Yerevan with 10 casualties, it is worth noting that Armenia today is no longer comparable to Armenia in 2008. Today, all political forces are represented in the parliament, there is freedom of assembly, freedom of the media, the electoral law has been improved following the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, the technical organisation of the elections has improved, and most importantly, there is no violence on the streets.
Almost every Azeri MP made a point of commenting on the fact, accusing “fraternal” Ankara of congratulating a sworn enemy.
February 22, 2013
Turkish President’s congratulating his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargyan on reelection came as a whole new reason for Baku’s hysteria.
Massacres of the Christian population of the Ottoman Empire and its successor Turkey are an integral part of the country's domestic policy.
January 26, 2013
Every now and then, Istanbul turns into a city that poses extreme danger to Armenians. This does not mean it had been safe otherwise; still, sometimes Armenians are facing really hard times. Massacres of 1955 which affected Armenians and Jews along with the Greeks were meticulously planned within Turkey's state policy.
Georgian president's reaction is clear; his efforts to please his Muslim neighbours are collapsing now.
January 19, 2013
The Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili could not but visit Yerevan, and not because of his preceding visit to Baku. The significance of Georgia's Armenian community in the country's life in far greater than that of the Azerbaijani one, and this has its reasons indeed. Saakashvili, on Turkey's advice, zealously supported the Azerbaijanis, and the Georgian Dream, now at power, is trying to minimize the Muslim influence in Tbilisi.
Decision on development of military-technical relations came as natural follow-up of closure of Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan.
January 18, 2013
Russian president Vladimir Putin approved the initiative of his government to hold talks with Armenia on signing an agreement on development of military and technical cooperation. A relevant document is published on the official legal information website.