Armenian president talks Yerevan protests with Russian transport minister
A sitting strike on Baghramyan Avenue in Yerevan demonstrates the absurdity of the assumptions of some experts, which say that these demonstrations have anti-Russian attitude, Sargsyan said during a meeting with Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov in Yerevan June 26, epress.am reported.
Armenia had to take such a step, which is not welcomed by the people (an increase of tariffs for electricity), taking into account the inflation rate of the Armenian dram and the increase in the prime cost of energy produced, according to Sargsyan.
The intergovernmental commission should pay particular attention to the activities of Russian companies in Armenia, according to the message by the press service of the president.
On June 23, the Armenian police broke up a rally in the center of the country's capital. The rally was held in protest against the increased electricity tariffs. The protests in the streets resulted in use of water cannons against people.
Over 230 people got arrested as a result of violent crackdown, including journalists of Gala TV, the Radio Liberty's Armenian office, the Haykakan Zhamanak newspaper, the Hetq, News.am, Panarmenian.net news agencies.
On June 17, Armenia's Public Services Regulatory Commission, considering a request from the distribution company, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is a subsidiary of the Inter RAO UES, raised the electricity tariffs by 6.93 Armenian drams (about $0.015).
This caused discontent among the population that believes the rise in the cost of electricity will lead to higher prices for essential goods and many services.