This week Yerevan is likely to see mass protests against the introduction of mandatory accumulation pension fund payments that has caused discontent among many employees in Armenia, including those in well-paid jobs.
Armenia appears to have refused to accept certain proposals on the settlement of bilateral relations with Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whose visit to Yerevan had been optimistically announced by Turkish media, must have left the country ‘empty-handed’.
On December 12, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu plans to arrive in Yerevan to attend a meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Organization’s Council. It is possible that the meeting will also be attended by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, as Azerbaijan is also a member of the BSEC and the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that all countries have accepted the invitation.
Negotiations between Armenia and Russia around natural gas, which have been conducted since 2011, are finally over, the agreement has been signed, but events around the matter are still developing.
Through a complex system of agreements Armenia and Russia came to the conclusion that Armenia will continue to receive natural gas at the border for $189 per 1,000 cubic meters, in exchange for this the Armenian government gave Gazprom the remaining 20-percent stake in the local gas distribution company, ArmRosgazprom. In July it was announced that Russia had raised gas prices to $270, and the Armenian government undertook to compensate 30 percent of the price.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Armenia on December 2 proved saturated and symbolic both by the number of events and the number of statements on the ‘takeover’ of more of Yerevan’s sovereignty by Moscow.
Putin’s visit to the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri was to demonstrate that Russia will retain its military presence in Armenia. Moreover, Putin said that Russia will not withdraw from the South Caucasus and will build up its presence here.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Armenia begins today and is taking place a few days after the Vilnius summit of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership at which Armenia and Ukraine refused to sign an association agreement with the 28-nation bloc.
After September 3 when Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated about Armenia’s desire to join the Russian-led Customs Union, analysts’ opinions about the future of Armenia’s relations with the Western community have been divided.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will personally attend the summit of EU Eastern Partnership and the European People’s Party in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is scheduled for November 28-29. This information was spread by the president’s press office Tuesday evening.
The historic agreement on Iran’s disputed nuclear program that was reached between the Islamic Republic and six leading world powers after days of talks in Geneva on Sunday has been taken as ‘good news’ in Yerevan. What was announced as the “first-step” agreement essentially limits Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for the West’s unblocking Tehran’s nearly $8 billion and lifting some sanctions earlier imposed on Iran’s oil exports.