YEREVAN (ARKA)—In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am), U.S. ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills, said that corruption is a serious problem in Armenia.
According to Mills, if the problem is not solved, it will affect the relations between the U.S. and Armenia in specific areas, such as U.S. investments in Armenia.
Mills also said that he was making great efforts to promote U.S. investments in Armenia and to enhance trade relations between the two countries, saying also that now is the time to focus on their economic relationship.
Mills added, however, that in order to attract U.S. investment, investors should know that they come to a country where all are treated equally, where there is no unfair competition, and where public services are equally available to all.
According to Mills, if the Anti-Corruption Council, established recently by the Armenian government, fails to resolve these problems, it would damage investments.
The ambassador also noted that in the fight against corruption, the American embassy is cooperating with Armenian authorities, civil society, and the media. He said corruption hinders the implementation of “our common interests, our common objectives and our relations.”