No anti-Russian political parties or blocs in Armenia – ambassador to Russia
YEREVAN, March 24. /ARKA/. There are no anti-Russian political parties or blocs in Armenia, Vardan Toganyan, Armenian ambassador to Russia, said in an interview with Izvestia commenting on things in Armenia ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for April 2.
“These elections are special and are revolutionary in some way for Armenia’s transition to the parliamentary rule,” he said. “These are the last elections in the current political situation – after them, already in 2018, the parliament will elect the president of the republic.”
He said referring to Russian and western agencies’ surveys that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and Tsarukyan bloc are favorites in the election.
As many as nine parties and blocks are racing for seats in the National Assembly, but only five or six of them have chances to enter the parliament.
“There are some destructive remarks and signs, as in any elections race, but we see no grounds for destabilizing actions,” he said.
Toganyan sees no fundamental controversies in the contenders’ foreign policy programs.
”I mean controversies which sometimes were seen at parties in the Commonwealth of Independent States: the West or the East,” he said. “There are no polar stances in the political parties’ programs. But despite that, Armenia’s political spectrum is wide.”
In his words, it has been decided long ago that Yerevan, with its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, will maintain the regime of favorable economic cooperation with some European countries and that this never contradicts Armenia’s commitments toward Eurasian Economic Union.
“A large number of observers from all over the world have already come to Armenia. Their number is expected to reach 400,” Toganyan said. “The biggest delegation will come from Russia.”
He said he was convinced that Armenia would set an example of fair election process. --0---