“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” reacts scathingly to President Serzh Sarkisian’s pledge to significantly raise public sector salaries in Armenia by 2018. Sarkisian said on Wednesday that this will enable civil servants and other public sector employees to “meet their and their families’ minimum needs.” “This is not a joke,” writes the pro-opposition paper. “The head of state is officially declaring that state officials will be able to live off their salaries only in five years time … One wonders how, according to Serzh Sarkisian, they should get by before 2018.”
“168 Zham” quotes Hovannes Igitian, an opposition politician, as claiming that Armenia will or will not sign the Association Agreement with the European Union with Russia’s consent. “Rest assured that if [Vladimir] Putin calls Serzh Sarkisian and tells him not to sign it Armenia will not sign that document,” says Igitian. He believes that the Russians have nothing to be worried about because the Association Agreement mainly regulates economic issues.
“Zhoghovurd” reports that only half of some 12,000 farmers in Armenia’s southern Armavir province will receive meager state compensations for a powerful hailstorm that destroyed their crops in May. The compensations will be paid from a special fund that was set up by the government in June. The paper says the fund attracted only about 250 million drams in private donations ($60 million). The total damage caused by the hailstorm is estimated at 25 billion drams.