Officials in Armenia and Karabakh do not take seriously and even care to comment on the recent remarks by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammdyarov who claimed that Azerbaijan cannot join the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) as long as Azerbaijani territories remain “occupied” by Armenia.
Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yervand Zakharyan does not think that state regulators will allow electricity tariffs to be raised by 17 drams.
“The rest will be announced by the [Public Services Regulatory] Commission,” he added, talking to media on Thursday.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian made a Middle East tour this week, visiting Lebanon and Syria. Experts say that the visits were connected with the discussion of the fate of the Armenian communities in those countries that have been going through difficult times due to conflicts in the region.
Thousands of people have gathered in a central square in Yerevan tonight to show their protest against plans to raise electricity tariffs by more than 40 percent.
Activists held banners describing the plans as unfair and calling on the state regulators not to allow the rise.
Occurrences of poisoning at Armenian kindergartens will take a continuous nature unless special field-regulating mechanisms are formed in the system of the State Department of Food Safety, “Informed and Protected Consumer” NGO leader Babken Pipoyan told media on Wednesday.
The issue of frequent explosions at liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations recently has been raised at the government session on Wednesday as well, when the Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Territorial Administration (MESTA) whether any studies or initiatives were carried out in regards to the recent explosions.
Former Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, who is currently Armenia’s ambassador to the United States, has filed a lawsuit against former businessman Paylak Hayrapetyan with a demand that he refute the “libelous information” spread about him and pay 1 million AMD (about $2,100) in compensation for moral damages.
First Republic Day has been marked in Armenia today, May 28. The country’s top political, military and spiritual leadership attended traditional celebrations at Sardarapat, a location some 40 kilometers west of capital Yerevan, where advancing Turkish troops were stopped in a heroic battle these days 97 years ago. Along with other Armenian military successes at Bash-Aparan, Karakilisa and elsewhere in May 1918 that victory also led to the establishment of the first short-lived democratic Armenian republic.
Students and young people affiliated with the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) held a protest against a planned increase in energy prices in front of the Armenian Government’s building on Monday.