In a written reply to “Haykakan Zhamanak’s” questions regarding Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), in particular, to the question on whether there are any economic and political issues that obstruct the process, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says: “We highly evaluate the work done by experts in the matter of Armenia’s joining the EEU. Practically all issues have been solved, there are only a few aspects remaining, and we expected them to be settled in the near future. Nevertheless, one should consider that unlike bilateral negotiations, multipartite agreements, including those of economic nature, are always difficult to coordinate.” The Russian Ministry does not link the delay in the process to differences among the EEU member states regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. It says it expects Armenia to formalize its membership in the organization already this year.
In an interview with “168 Zham” political analyst Igor Muradian explains the apparent delay in Armenia’s membership in the EEU by Russia’s realization that “it is not capable of continuing the construction of its Eurasian bloc”. “This bloc is on the verge of collapse. Russia considers Armenia as a useless element in this system, an element that will demand its rights, including in the sphere of defense and security. But Russia is interested in close cooperation with Turkey and Azerbaijan as keenly as ever,” the expert observes.
“Zhamanak” describes the agreement that was recently reached by the Armenian and Russian governments in Sochi and under which certain new restrictions in Russia concerning migrants will not concern Armenians as the only ‘achievement’ of the new Armenian government headed by Hovik Abrahamian: “It will be tangible for citizens of Armenia as this agreement will help them to abandon the country. During the three months of the work of the Abrahamian government other decisions, in fact, have concerned only a narrow circle of citizens called oligarchs or criminal oligarchy. And these decisions have aimed at finding ways of creating more favorable conditions for this oligarchy. This is the track record with which Hovik Abrahamian approaches his 100th day in office.”
Commenting on the interview of Armenia’s ex-president, current opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian that was published on Monday, “Zhoghovurd” writes: “The only message of the interview was perhaps that addressed to the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) – not to yield to the government’s ‘stick or carrot’ and remain adamant in opposing the plans for constitutional changes. This is the second such message from Ter-Petrosian since the appointment of Hovik Abrahamian as prime minister. For his part, the opposition leader tries to offer his ‘carrot’ to the BHK if the latter remains within the opposition orbit – a change of power expected to result from ‘serious political processes’ in fall. It seems Ter-Petrosian’s program has not changed since the publication of his well-known political analysis – to replace the current ‘bandit’ system with the BHK that had been part of this system not long ago and that left the system only formally, while the only real consequence of the move is that the notion of ‘opposition forces’ has been gradually supplanted by the notion of ‘non-governing forces’.”