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  • Pending Period Took Long - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    who will be in government All kinds of elites will soon become committed to Atlanticists and will play new scenarios to ensure their personal and group welfare This will mean that Armenia will not make its own history and others will manage them But why should the Americans need this Earlier the Americans supposed that they have time or rather a space and time factor which will be useful However time is up and it is time to lock Russia in the southern direction i e the Black Sea and Central Asia They have already looked into Putin s eyes and they have managed to reload Nothing came out properly and the United States only wasted time It is necessary to put these illusions aside as well as mobilize NATO and the Euro Atlantic partnership However the South Caucasus is more vulnerable than the Black Sea and now already Central Asia is where China is dominant The achieved positions in the South Caucasus must be cemented and new ones must be created Georgia is a committed friend of the United States and NATO but this country is not capable of the necessary game in the region alone which the Georgians understand too Besides Georgia is exposed to the threat of Russian expansion There are also serious problems with the position of France and Germany on the membership of this country to NATO Now the old wording the South Caucasian corridor has been forgotten which means creation of a bastilles of Atlanticism between Russia and Turkey Currently a comic scenario of a conflict between Russia and Turkey is run but NATO understands well that Turkey is no longer a partner in the alliance though the Western community insists on its interests to take it away from Russia Turkey does not miss

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  • Horrible Night in Gyumri - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    and quality of Permyakov s filed one can imagine the files of this innocent terrorism One can only imagine the fear of the Yeranosyan family living in the city which saw Permyakov s manslaughter when the Russian soldier hit the door and demanded to open it Interestingly after the manslaughter ascribed to Permyakov the famous pro Kremlin Russia based expert Kolerov stated that it is necessary to think about reorganization of the civilian life around the military base In other words it is the city that must be adjusted to the military base not vice versa This thought has not been repeated again but even after the horrible crime the servicemen of the Russian military base do not feel somehow constrained Incidentally since Permyakov s manslaughter Russia has not taken any step towards convincing change in the behavior of the military base and the expressions of permissiveness and negligence persist There have been some other cases which were fortunately less dangerous and the Armenian law enforcement agencies have worked hard to cover them up Isn t this an aware choice until Gyumri is adjusted and handed to the military base At least there is a big array of assumptions and concerns as long as Russia continues to humiliate the dignity of Armenia and its citizens in regard to its military base does next to nothing to set up order in the base and assume responsibility to the citizens of Gyumri as long as Armenia has no government which would demand that Russia be more responsible The Armenian government failed to ensure a responsible and dignified setting for the Permyakov s case and the existing situation is evidence to lack of such ability Instead the Russian military base continues to terrorize families in Gyumri which comes from the behavior of the

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/comments/view/35235 (2016-02-14)
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  • Armenia Politely Turned Down Iran - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    which has a great geopolitical importance In this sense Iran s bid is not the mediation itself but the commitment which is addressed to the Minsk Group co chairs rather than Armenia and Azerbaijan In this respect Yerevan s stance could be considered to be a polite refusal to Iran on the condition that it is possible that Tehran did not expect any response reply or approval At the same time Yerevan had to turn Iran s mediation down because otherwise it would appear as if Armenia is against the OSCE Minsk Group Meanwhile today Azerbaijan is against it Recently Ilham Aliyev has criticized the Minsk Group saying that its purpose is to freeze not to settle the conflict Aliyev is in a difficult situation and in this situation any direct or indirect step of Armenia against the Minsk Group would be support to Aliyev In this respect Yerevan s stance on Iran s proposal is rather optimal It is more interesting to know the stance of the OSCE Minsk Group the co chairing countries to Iran s application There is almost no doubt that there cannot be a uniform attitude The point is that in regard to Iran the United States and France are in one process and Russia is in another one If Iran achieves increase in regional political ambitions through partnership with Russia it will thereby cause dissatisfaction in the West and if on the contrary Russia will be disappointed Meanwhile Tehran will hardly be so ingenuous to imagine that it is possible to have ambitions in a partnership with Russia The West has not lifted the sanctions for Tehran to have a honeymoon with Russia And Tehran is well aware of the situation Moreover the opportunities for Iran s regional and geopolitical game will be at

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  • Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Pushed to the Background 23 19 24 11 2015 Bashar al Assad Is No Longer France s Archenemy 15 26 20 11 2015 They ve Never Collected So Much Money from People There Are Specific Interests 13 58 18 11 2015 EU Respects Armenia s Sovereignty and Is Ready to Include Security Issue in Cooperation Spheres 18 39 11 11 2015 We Need to Mark Time Revision of Geopolitical Borders

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  • New Unexpected Turns in Permyakov's Case - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    testimony were strange to us but at this stage I will refrain from comments on the testimony because another neighbor will be examined The majority of advocates state with regard to Permyakov s personality that he was a Satanist whereas experts said that there were no manifestations of Satanism in his acts because there were no ritual acts What is your opinion Frankly speaking nobody claimed that he is a Satanist the point is that he was in some Satanist group The murder was not a ritual and those murders have nothing to do with Satanism but this is also an important circumstance in describing Permyakov s personality to understand the logic of his actions just as important as the conclusion of the psychologists Do you mean it is too early to evaluate Permyakov s personality and actions The problem is that we cannot ignore all those circumstances Both his Satanist posts and disorders that the psychologists noticed are essential circumstances to understand his actions Will the examination of six persons terminated by the Russian base answer any question considering that at least one of them did not know that Permyakov could have no access to weapon for at least two months The examination of all the conscripts is important but the examination of the person you mentioned is very important to find out whether he was aware of all this or not If not why does the person who is supposed to select soldiers have no information Mr Varosyan after hearing so many testimonies getting acquainted with the files of the case what is your opinion could this be done by one person If you are putting the question that way whether one person could have done this I will answer yes one person could but we can give

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/35222 (2016-02-14)
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  • Only in One Case Is a Positive Situation Possible - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    revenues fall The next important circumstance is the situation for Armenia when there is no free movement of goods in the EEU territory i e VAT is charged twice in Russia VAT is 18 in Armenia VAT is 20 In fact the prices of the products go up it affects consumption and as a result tax revenues fall The other issue is that under these circumstances the levels of imports to Armenia also decreased This is the consequence of heavy dependence on the Russian economy Since imports is one of the main components which ensures revenues from VAT and the share of tax revenues from VAT is the biggest this also resulted in a cut in revenues from this tax On the other hand being enclosed in this union also had other negative economic consequences which take different expressions In Armenia the risks to running business are very high enterprises are highly uncompetitive generate no profit their further activities become meaningless and they are closed In other words our economic potential shrinks which must affect the treasury There is not a detailed analysis in the next year s budget on the impact of the EEU on the economy of Armenia Is this because of the lack of any expectations from this union Yes there is not such a thing Of course next year the situation cannot be better against these aggravating negative tendencies than this year These negative expressions which are already happening in the general economic area intend to deepen In other words Armenia has actually limited its possibilities for interaction with the outer world this means that we are outside the positive factors Sanctions against Russia perhaps will continue in the union s territory and further decrease in the price of oil is expected Besides new negative factors

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34989 (2016-02-14)
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  • Karabakh Issue Is Pushed to the Background - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the fight against the Islamic State in which Russia is involved too This problem started at the beginning of the 21 st century when 9 11 took place which still continues As to the Karabakh issue I think that the settlement of this issue is in our hands but unfortunately the Armenian authorities are giving up on the sovereignty of the country little by little which makes our foothold weaker in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh issue The more we give up on our sovereignty in one sphere or another in the economic political external or any other sphere the weaker our foothold in regard to the Karabakh issue will be The third president of Armenia was not the one who gave up on the political and economic levers the second president started this who gave away all the levers and the third president only summed it up particularly by starting from signing the Armenian Turkish protocols In addition there were no premises for doing that the third president did it on Russia s order This did a lot of harm including to the Karabakh issue Later a centralized government was established by way of rigged presidential and parliamentary elections The next process was the opposition parties taking to the side of the ruling forces like marionettes It was followed by the membership to the EEU The country seemed to be moving towards strengthening economic ties with Europe signing an association agreement and suddenly a statement on the intention of joining the EEU is heard on 3 September 2013 Joining the EEU is not joining Russia but becoming a Russian colony The next disaster is the adoption of constitutional reforms which will lead to collective responsibility and the parliamentary forces which used to be tough opposition swung to the

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34971 (2016-02-14)
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  • Bashar al-Assad Is No Longer France's Archenemy - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Therefore France is doing everything to cooperate with the coalition Second the French president announced that France s enemy is the Islamic State and this means that Bashar al Assad is no longer the archenemy to France We know that until November 13 France did not want to talk to either Assad or the Islamic State Now condemning terrorism and the Islamic State and declaring the latter an enemy President Francois Hollande pushes Bashar al Assad to the background This means that France is going to have a more moderate attitude to Assad However this does not mean that there will be cooperation with Assad but it is at least possible that the armies of the two countries will exchange information in the framework of fight against the IS And second France intends to come up with an initiative at the UN Security Council to pass a resolution against terrorism This is something new because until the recent incident France had not come up with any initiative against terrorism and only intended to strike the terrorists in Syria However there is an intention now to demonstrate that the international community is a clenched fist against terrorism The fourth circumstance in

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34953 (2016-02-14)
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