Inactive former Armenian MP appointed ambassador to Georgia
A new ambassador has been chosen to represent Armenia in Georgia.
By order of the Armenian president, the former diplomatic representative Yuri Vardanyan will be replaced by Ruben Sadoyan.
The new ambassador is an economist. He has worked in the Committee on State Revenue of Armenia as a tax inspector and has been elected twice as an MP to Armenia’s National Assembly.
Sadoyan’s predecessor, Yuri Vardanyan, was an athlete. He is a well-known Soviet Armenian athlete and a medalist of the Moscow Olympic games in 1980. He is a seven-time world champion and broke 43 records. He held the position of ambassador from August 2014.
Regarding the newly-appointed ambassador, it is difficult to say just what position Ruben Sadoyan takes regarding Armenian-Georgian relations and regional issues as a whole. According to the site parliamentmonitoring.am, as an MP he has never spoken from the parliamentary rostrum and has not put forward any initiatives.
He was considered a ‘quiet’ MP of the National Assembly of Armenia.
Armenian media sources write that the candidacy of Ruben Saodyan was offered after Georgia declined the candidacy of the deputy director of the Caucasus Institute and political scientist, Sergey Minasyan.
After the rejection of Minasyan’s candidacy, publications appeared in the Armenian press about the possible reasons for this decision. In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia released the following statement:
“The decision on the appointment of ambassadors is always made publicly. Any speculation on this topic is inappropriate.”
Moreover, the ‘yellow press’ has hosted a number of rumors that close connections between specific representatives of the ruling elite of Armenia and Georgia played a role in his appointment.