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    VOICE OF RUSSIA: TURKEY MAY OPEN BORDER WITH ARMENIA

    by Ashot Safaryan

    Thursday, February 13, 13:35

    Turkey may open its border with Armenia shortly, according to an item
    published on the website of the Voice of Russia Radio.

    Referring to a Turkish newspaper Aksam, the author of the item says
    that Turkey is going to open up-to- date border crossings on the
    border with Armenia and Iran with the support of the EU. Demining
    activities have been launched in the eastern direction of the border.

    The project will cost nearly 52 million EUR. The Armenian-Georgian
    border undergoes modernization simultaneously.

    The Turkey-Armenia-Georgia route may become quite busy, because
    Brussels never wastes money, though the Turkish-Armenian border is
    so far closed and the two countries have no diplomatic relations.

    Armenia and Turkey signed the "Protocol on the establishment
    of diplomatic relations" and the "Protocol on the development of
    bilateral relations" in Zurich on October 10 2009. Following Turkey's
    unwillingness to ratify the protocols and attempts to link ratification
    with the Karabakh conflict made President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan
    sign a decree on suspension of the procedure of ratification of the
    Armenian -Turkish protocols. Nevertheless, the relations of the two
    countries experience certain changes.

    The author outlines the new geopolitical realities in the South
    Caucasus, Armenia's accession to the Customs Union and then to the
    Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). For Turkey the border with Armenia
    may get a status of the border with the EAEU.

    "According to Today's Zaman, after the P5+1 and Iran agreed on
    a landmark deal in Geneva, Tehran is gradually getting out of the
    international isolation and becoming a big player in the region. Due
    to its stable trade and economic relations with Armenia, Iran gets
    a direct access to the Customs Union via Armenia - something that
    Turkey lacks so far. Consequently, the closed border with Armenia
    will no longer be a measure of political pressure for Turkey. It
    may become a problem of the lost economic opportunities. As regards
    Turkey's relations with Azerbaijan and its stance on the Karabakh
    conflict, it would be right encouraging Baku and Yerevan to establish
    a dialogue and achieve agreements. The experience of the so- called
    Arab spring and the Syrian conflict shows that such policy of Turkey
    just aggravates the situation and impedes the possibilities of the
    Turkish diplomacy. It was not for nothing that Turkey welcomed the
    meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents after a two-year
    interval, which may lead to a 'road map' on the Karabakh peace process.

    Modernization of the Turkish-Armenian border and demining on the
    near-border areas shows that Ankara has a positive scenario and seems
    to be preparing to lift the blockade of Armenia," the author writes.

    http://www.arminfo.am/index.cfm?obje...610EB7C0D21663
    Hayastan or Bust.

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      VOICE OF RUSSIA: TURKEY MAY OPEN BORDER WITH ARMENIA
      So Arminfo got it from Voice of Russia radio who got it Aksam who got it from Today's Zaman. But I bet this unfounded claim would still be unfounded even if it had not gone through 4 or more stages of Chinese whispers (there has not been a single article on Today's Zaman in 2014 that has even mentioned the Armenian border).
      Plenipotentiary meow!

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        FIRST CARPET MUSEUM TO OPEN IN ARMENIA

        10:13, 17 February, 2014

        YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 17, ARMENPRESS: The first carpet museum will
        open in Yerevan after the completion of the final works in March
        2014. Megerian Carpet Company took up the mission to popularize and
        present the Armenian carpets in a single museum among the local and
        international communities. The Production and Commercial Director of
        the Company Leonid Andreasyan told the Armenpress correspondent that
        the museum will have an area of 230 square meters. "The museum will
        present Armenian ancient carpets having a history of about 200 years,
        as well as exclusive samples from the personal collection of the
        Megerian Family", - said Andreasyan. He informed that the exhibition
        of the museum will be regularly refreshed, replenished and replaced by
        new items. About 50 samples of the exhibited carpets will be brought
        to Yerevan from New York.

        The Megerian Family has been involved in selling, restoration, and
        production of fine oriental rugs for over four generations. Originally
        from Armenia, the Megerians established their rug trade business in
        the United States in 1917, and quickly developed an expertise in rug
        repairing and restoration. Over time, they began to realize the growing
        demand for different trends and subtle design changes, and took their
        well honed skills to the loom to create their own decorative rugs.

        Megerian Oriental Rug family specializes in new and antique Oriental
        rug sales and production. The Megerian Brother's tradition and
        integrity in the fine craft of handmade rug making, and restoration
        of rugs and tapestries is world renown. The Megerian Oriental Rug
        family has been the benchmark producer of New York City's handmade
        rugs and tapestries.

        Initially, their enterprise in America focused on selling new and
        antique rugs. However, the opportunity to apply their extensive skills
        presented itself often, and the Megerians quickly gained a reputation
        here in America as artisans accomplished in antique repair. More
        and more, the Megerians found themselves applying their thorough
        understanding of wool characteristics, natural dyes and Old World
        knotting techniques to their customers' existing antique Persians,
        Aubussons, Savonneries and Oriental rugs.

        As time passed, the Megerians expanded their business to meet
        the growing demand for fine rugs by buying antique rugs in need of
        repair and selling them completely restored. Often, though, customers
        would express their wishes for subtle design changes. Building on
        their tradition of excellence, the Megerians took their knowledge and
        well-honed skills to the loom and began creating their own rugs. Very
        soon, they were meeting their customers' needs by delicately modifying
        the original, antique designs in their own reproductions of superb
        quality.

        The Megerians continue to apply their unparalleled skill in the
        creation of rugs and tapestries of uncompromising artistry and
        workmanship.

        Each signed piece represents a rare combination of Old World
        craftsmanship and the design aesthetics of today's most discerning
        clientele, and every Megerian design is copyrighted to ensure its
        individuality. Each work is a product of the integrity of the Megerian
        touch, from the discriminating selection of original materials and
        dyes, to the painstaking attention to knotting technique, to the
        completely thorough final inspection in the antique making. Of course,
        the Megerians also continue to trade in the world's finest antique
        rugs and tapestries, drawing inspiration for their own designs from
        the classic beauty of the originals.

        http://armenpress.am/eng/news/750278...n-armenia.html
        Hayastan or Bust.

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          A solid detailed analysis on the inflation debate. Nice to a see a more thorough explanation with the various possibilities with postives/negatives than just throwing out random percentages with little meaning behind them.




          Customs Union Consequences: Prices Will Rise in Armenia Absent a Market Reorientation
          Samvel Avagyan

          18:01, February 6, 2014

          When the Customs Union was formed, everyone in Kazakhstan was surprised when prices for foodstuffs, cars and fuel immediately increased. The same situation awaits Armenia.

          According to Armeniaís Ministry of the Economy, this situation will push up the overall inflation rate by 1.5%. This might well be the case, but certain commodities will see price rises of between 10 to 15%; these include dairy products, meat and sugar.

          The reason can be found in the strong protectionist policies enacted by the Customs Union (CU) to defend the domestic market. Those sectors in the CU that are well developed are protected by specially placed high customs tariffs. There is nothing out of the ordinary in this. Numerous countries, including neighboring Turkey and Iran, enact such a policy. Other methods are used in order to protect the domestic market in developed countries; technical regulations and sanitary requirements, for example. The use of customs tariffs is a cruder form of protection and is employed in less developed states.

          In any event, the CU employs the tariff method of defense, given that quality control systems arenít that well developed. Belarus and Russia have well developed automobile, dairy and meat manufacturing sectors. Thus, these sectors fall under protectionist policies. As a rule, the tool used is a 25% customs tariff; although lower tariff rates also exist. Right now in Armenia, custom tariffs of 0% or 10% are in place. Consequently, we are confronted with 10-15% inflation for certain goods.

          But this is the case if the goods are imported from countries other than those in the CU. For example, Toyota passenger cars are manufactured in Russia. If and when Armenia joins the CU, these auto imports, which are now slapped with customs tariffs, will be 10% cheaper. Cars imported from Georgia and Europe, on the other hand, will become more expensive; and dramatically so.

          If the Armenian market were to be restructured so that the bulk of imports would come from the CU, the price rises would be limited. But the market has evolved in such a manner that foodstuffs, fuel and autos are basically not imported from the CU.

          Itís difficult to imagine that Armeniaís business sector will undergo a reorientation to Russia and Belarus any time soon. This is especially the case with large oligarchs would import sizeable amounts of foodstuffs and fuel from Ukraine, Europe and South America.

          Thus, if Armenia does eventually join the CU, the level of price hikes will mainly depend on how fast Armenian business can reorient itself.

          http://hetq.am/eng/news/32424/custom...ientation.html
          <<եթե զենք էլ չլինի' ես քարերով կկրվեմ>>

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          • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

            Hmm bad examples there i think Mher. Meat and dairy products are already being produced in Armenia by the Olis so there won't be a reason to rais those prices-not that the olis need a reason to raise prices ... Sugar is another story since it cannot be produced in Armenia nor in any of the CIS countries but i think you know sugar is already expencive since its supply is a monopoly in Armenia - but yeh it can get even more expensive if a customs tax is put on it for the oli is unlikely to eat the difference.
            Hayastan or Bust.

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              Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
              Hmm bad examples there i think Mher. Meat and dairy products are already being produced in Armenia by the Olis so there won't be a reason to rais those prices-not that the olis need a reason to raise prices ... Sugar is another story since it cannot be produced in Armenia nor in any of the CIS countries but i think you know sugar is already expencive since its supply is a monopoly in Armenia - but yeh it can get even more expensive if a customs tax is put on it for the oli is unlikely to eat the difference.
              Why can't sugar be produced in Armenia?
              12 miles outside of Moses Lake Washington is a small (38 people) town call Ruff. I used to ride my bike to the sugar beet factory and back every day. They had at least one 70 ton silo (I think more) filled with sugar.
              Temperatures are about the same as Armenia.
              Much of what was advertised as "pure cane" sugar from Hawii was actually beet sugar from eastern Washington state.
              Gotta watch the sugar dust though, as it's explosive.
              Some welder screwed up fatally & tried to light his torch. Blew up one of the 70 ton silos. Big chunks of concrete were found almost a mile away.
              Fortunately it occurred during shift change & only the welder (I think) got killed.
              HARK

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              • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

                http://mobile.tert.am/en/news/2014/0...gik-makaryan1/


                Chairman of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA) Gagik Makaryan believes that the amended Russian law on migrants is a serious challenge to Armenia.

                According to him, people’s incomes will decrease, while poverty and unemployment levels will rise in Armenia because of the law.

                “Even if 100,000 people return to Armenia, it will seriously raise the unemployment rate and families’ incomes will decrease,” Makaryan told reporters.

                With respect to the Customs Union, he said: “I am strongly against such negotiations. It seems that Russia has given us a summary to work at. But there is negotiation culture,” Makaryan said.

                Russia has prepared a list of products liable to customs clearance, with nothing said of competition. So Armenia will have to import what it is offered.

                According to Makaryan, last economic year was a year of uncertainty, and this uncertain situation will last until after the first half of this year.



                In my book , we got failed goverment ..only MOD is doing fine ...for one they preach of our return and for the second is not profitable for our return ...imagine new ideas oppossing the criminals of goverment ..new young people with life and will for something new ...thats what they dont want ..our enemy is within our borders firtsly ....lie lie lie ....thy do nothing for the emmigration thats for sure ..

                im greek citizen holding both armenian and greek passport, years now i try to make something in my homeland ... problem is i have done 9 months of military service in cyprus but the armenian MOD asks me to do 12 and more months in foreign foces ...not only that they dont accept my service they dont give alternative choices of 24 months service ...like in israel lets say !....im old guy now with family and my own bussinnes here i cant travel back or create something in yerevan only if i give in some MOD bank account 10.000 euros .....
                will go for the accussation of new armament for our forces ... dont take an offence but i know at least 30 guys that are not willing to pay so much ..i am willing to invest that much for my project in armenia than piss them off in times of crisis ...we all have families to feed . all this BIG problems comes from our current goverment ...they dont have new ideas they dont think inventive ..thats how proggress is not comming ..they dont allow us to trow our little rock for our nationbuilding .
                You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

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                • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

                  Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
                  Hmm bad examples there i think Mher. Meat and dairy products are already being produced in Armenia by the Olis so there won't be a reason to rais those prices-not that the olis need a reason to raise prices ... Sugar is another story since it cannot be produced in Armenia nor in any of the CIS countries but i think you know sugar is already expencive since its supply is a monopoly in Armenia - but yeh it can get even more expensive if a customs tax is put on it for the oli is unlikely to eat the difference.

                  Price rises of meat and dairy can easily justified if price of animal foodstuff goes up.
                  Rise in prices of animal food stuff can also justified if international market prices for cereals goes up.
                  It is also dependent on energy and fertilizer prices.

                  Of coarse It can also go up like you say if there is manipulation.






                  From recollection (old news) some foodstuff cannot be grown in Armenia so as not to damage certain oligarchs interest of importing it.
                  Politics is not about the pursuit of morality nor what's right or wrong
                  Its about self interest at personal and national level often at odds with the above.
                  Great politicians pursue the National interest and small politicians personal interests

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                    Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
                    Hmm bad examples there i think Mher. Meat and dairy products are already being produced in Armenia by the Olis so there won't be a reason to rais those prices-not that the olis need a reason to raise prices ... Sugar is another story since it cannot be produced in Armenia nor in any of the CIS countries but i think you know sugar is already expencive since its supply is a monopoly in Armenia - but yeh it can get even more expensive if a customs tax is put on it for the oli is unlikely to eat the difference.
                    Price rises of meat and dairy can easily justified if price of animal foodstuff goes up.
                    Rise in prices of animal food stuff can also justified if international market prices for cereals goes up.
                    It is also dependent on energy and fertilizer prices.

                    Of coarse It can also go up like you say if there is manipulation.

                    Originally posted by Artashes View Post
                    Why can't sugar be produced in Armenia?
                    From recollection (old news) some foodstuff cannot be grown in Armenia so as not to damage certain oligarchs interest of importing it.
                    Politics is not about the pursuit of morality nor what's right or wrong
                    Its about self interest at personal and national level often at odds with the above.
                    Great politicians pursue the National interest and small politicians personal interests

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                    • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

                      Originally posted by londontsi View Post
                      Price rises of meat and dairy can easily justified if price of animal foodstuff goes up.
                      Rise in prices of animal food stuff can also justified if international market prices for cereals goes up.
                      It is also dependent on energy and fertilizer prices.

                      Of coarse It can also go up like you say if there is manipulation.

                      From recollection (old news) some foodstuff cannot be grown in Armenia so as not to damage certain oligarchs interest of importing it.

                      Good points you make there but fertilizer is subsidized by the Armenian government thus it is cheap-also Armenia gets gas at low prices thus energy also is cheap. The price of feed can make a difference of course and Oligarch greed of course is a factor. Most of the stuff we are discussing here belong in a perfect competition market-things like animal feed, meat, dairy..while other things like energy are in a monopoly or oligarchy(depending on where you are at). One of the big issues in Armenian farming has been water for irrigation which some oligarchs have tried to control and this has driven many farmers out of business and contributed to villages emptying out. The control of water is becoming a big issue not just for Armenia but everywhere else to. Here in Michigan we have Nestle pumping out huge quantities of water from our aquifer which is killing streams and causing sink holes all the while nestle pays no taxes nor does it compensate the state nor the residents..
                      Hayastan or Bust.

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