Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
All entrepreneur-MPs of Armenia should withdraw from their mandates for the sake of sustainable development of Armenia's economy, Bagrat Asatryan, sociologist, ex-chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia, said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
He said that Georgia, which was behind Armenia by all parameters not long ago, has gathered pace in development and outstripped Armenia in some spheres. The expert thinks that the key reason of that is the political culture of Georgians, which contributed to the country's progress in all directions. In this context, he pointed out that the authorities and the public of Armenia should first of all be self-rigorous.
As regards the extradition of the Azeri axe-murderer Ramil Safarov, he stressed that the authorities of Hungary displayed their indifference towards the Armenian state, and Azerbaijan once again chuckled at the authorities of Armenia.
For his part, Manvel Badeyan, MP from the Republican Party of Armenia, said that both Hungarian and Azeri authorities are criminals, as official Budapest permitted the extradition and Baku pardoned the scoundrel, so, it is irrelevant to criticize the Armenian Foreign Ministry for the mistake of others. He also agrees with Armenian President's position on suspension of the diplomatic relations with Budapest.
To note, Safarov's extradition caused a wide public response. Armenians worldwide hold protest actions in front of the Hungarian embassies. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry states that its actions were in line with international standards. Official Yerevan has suspended the diplomatic relations with Hungary, however, Switzerland suggested being a mediator in the process of reconciliation of the two countries.