Today we live in a society, which can not imagine life without expressing views on social media. Probably it does have certain advantages. Nevertheless, many participants of active discussions have already forgotten or do not even know about the developments, which unfolded in Armenia 5, 10 or 15 years ago.
To fill the gap Mediamax presents 5/10/15 project, which introduce developments in Armenia 5, 10 and 15 years ago.
• 15 YEARS AGO: FEBRUARY 7-13, 2007
Strategy of National Security
Armenian President Robert Kocharian signed on February 7 the decree on approving the Strategy of National Security of Armenia.
The basic values of the National Security of the Republic of Armenia registered in the document are the following: independence, protection of the state and the people, peace and international cooperation, well-being.
On February 12 Armenian Defense Minister Serzh Sargsyan stated that “the putting into operation the National Security Strategy, the first one in the history of the Armenian statehood, is a political event of both national and regional importance.”
“In the beginning of the interdepartmental process of elaboration, we were oriented towards the parliamentary approval of the National Security Strategy by means of passing a Law. However, the study of the international experience showed that the transformation of the National Security Strategy into a legislative act could become a “strait-jacket” for the formation of the civil society, and for the democratization in Armenia as a whole”, the Defense Minister stated.
“I consider it my duty to thank the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, the U.S. Defense Secretary, as well as the NATO experts for the consultations and the methodological help in elaborating the most important political document of our country. At the same time, I want to note with gratitude the understanding and the respect, showed by our foreign partners towards our right and our will in the independent elaboration of the national document,” Serzh Sargsyan stated.
Armenia to continue complementary policy
On February 12 Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said that despite the “sharpening of the rhetoric” between Russia and the West, the complementary foreign policy of Armenia remains an efficient tool.
Commenting on the speech of the Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Munich Conference on security issues and the reaction of the western politicians and expert, Oskanian said:
“Today’s competition does not have ideological nature, and in case of its worsening, the consequences will not be like the ones of the “cold war” epoch. I believe, in this situation, notwithstanding the sharpening of the rhetoric, our complementary policy remains efficient, and I think that we will continue effectively keeping to it.”
• 10 YEARS AGO: FEBRUARY 7-13, 2012
“New NPP will be ready not later than in 2020”
On February 7 Director General of “Rosatom” State Atomic Energy Corporation Sergey Kirienko stated that according to the Armenian government’s plans, the new NPP will be ready not later than in 2020.
Kirienko said that the construction of the new Armenian NPP will last about 6 years.
“I think that all the preparatory work will be realized within 2012. We should conduct public hearings. I know the Armenian government fulfills its duties under the international convention in a due manner and will inform the neighboring countries,” specified “Rosatom” Director General.
Kirienko stated that “he doesn’t think Russia’s participation in managing the new Armenian NPP necessary.”
Touching upon the investments, Kirienko said that main investments will be made by the Armenian side. “The NPP is built in Armenia and the Armenian government should control it”, said Sergey Kirienko.
• 5 YEARS AGO: FEBRUARY 7-13, 2017
Call of the USA
On February 9 Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission Kate Byrnes speaking at the OSCE Permanent Council said:
Photo: U.S. Mission to OSCE
“Should the Office in Yerevan be forced to close, this will reflect poorly on Azerbaijan and its government’s commitment to the OSCE. We urge the government of Azerbaijan to constructively engage in finding a compromise solution as soon as possible that will allow the office in Yerevan to remain open.”
On February 13 the Agreement on formation of Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanyan bloc was signed in Yerevan.
Former Minister of Defense of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan, former Foreign Minister of Armenia, and leader of Unity Party Vardan Oskanyan and Leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovhannisyan will participate in the upcoming Parliamentary elections with a common bloc.
Seyran Ohanyan said that the members of the alliance were going to use their experience to implement changes in the governance system, trying to eliminate the gap between the government and citizens and move forward all directions of the economy.
Vardan Oskanyan observed that all the three members of the alliance had been at the origins of the establishment of independence in Armenia and Artsakh.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for us to bring about changes in this country. We have no doubt about the possibility of changing a lot in a short period of time,” Vardan Oskanyan said.
The bloc also consists of People’s party and Justice party as well as United Armenians, Red Berets and Independent Judges NGOs.