and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong,
Week in Review. This show was recorded on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. This week
we’re going to talk about the following major topics:
● Mass Protests Growing in Yerevan
● FM Mirzoyan in Washington DC
● Normalization Round 3
To talk about
these issues, we have with us:
Benyamin Poghosyan, who is the Chairman of the Yerevan based think
tank Center for Political and Economic
State of the
opposition-led protests that are gaining momentum in Yerevan.
What is Russia’s reaction? What
outcome would serve its interests?
What is the West’s reaction? What are its
FM Mirzoyan was
in DC last week, meeting Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and other
Washington leaders such as Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen Bob Menendez, etc. US
Ambassador to Armenia Lynn Tracy accompanied Mirzoyan to DC.
After the meeting
Blinken complimented Armenia on its flexibility in peace talks.
● Did the timing of this visit have anything to do
with the growing protest movement, perhaps fears by the Pashinyan government of
● Why did the US DOJ suddenly bring up the Civil
Forfeiture case from 2014 against prominent “former” Gagik
As the US had announced, Armenia and the US signed
a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation
after the meeting. The US DOS explanation on how such agreements are used is a bit
general and the specific scope may be different from country to country.
● What is the intersection of Armenian and US
interests that necessitates signing this agreement? Are there any specific top
priorities that you can think of? How will this affect Armenia’s nuclear
cooperation with Russia?
On May 3rd, the
Armenian and Turkish special reps for the Normalization negotiations met. After
the meeting very bland and identical statements were released to the media,
indicating that most of the discussions are happening in a very closed format, opaque to the public.
● What are your impressions of the state of the
negotiations, after this third meeting?
● Turkish FM Cavusoglu stated that Armenia had
agreed to start border demarcations of their mutual border, but Armenia denied this. Was this a trial balloon for a new
pre-condition? What was the purpose?
● Why did Iran reiterate
its support for Armenian control of transit links prior to the meeting?
was our Week in Review show, and we hope it helped you catch up with
some of the issues in and around Armenia from this past week. As always, we
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Poghosyan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, South Caucasus, Turkey, Russia, Transportation
Links, Corridors, Borders, Peace Negotiations, United States, Iran, Washington
DC, Ararat Mirzoyan, Anthony Blinken, Mitch McConnell, Robert Menendez,