An Armenian parliamentary inquiry has confirmed that President Serzh Sarkisian’s government secretly subsidized the price of imported Russian natural gas ahead of Armenia’s last parliamentary and presidential elections, opposition lawmakers said on Thursday.
A radical Armenian opposition group said on Thursday that it will launch on April 24 a campaign of nonstop street protests in Yerevan aimed at forcing President Serzh Sarkisian to step down.
The Armenian government on Thursday officially confirmed the sale of its second Eurobond and said it will finance its budget deficit and other spending programs and repay some of its external debt with $487 million raised from foreign investors.
The central banks of China and Armenia have exchanged $160 million worth of each other’s national currency in an effort to boost to growing bilateral economic relations.
In its coverage of President Serzh Sarkisian’s state visit to China, “Haykakan Zhamanak” singles out one of a dozen Chinese-Armenian agreements signed in Beijing on Wednesday. It envisages the release of a “concessional” Chinese loan to Armenia.
RFE/RL’s Armenian Service has interviewed Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the German political party Alliance '90/The Greens.
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