Corruption a Serious Problem in Armenia, Says US Ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills (Source: RFE/RL)
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills (Source: RFE/RL)

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills (Source: RFE/RL)

YEREVAN (ARKA)—In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian service (, 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.”


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  1. serop said:

    Corruption is a way of life for controlling criminal families in Armenia, where they do as they please, kill senior military officers, maim and injure citizens by theri clan like mentality and then put a ill fitting suite on and pretend they are politicians.
    When will this madness end, and when will ARF take some action to tackle these issues before our nation AGAIN is sold to a neighbouring power…
    For centuries we have paid a dear price for the actions of these selfish so called leaders who seem to only care about creating more wealth for themselves at the expense of the general population

  2. derder said:

    I agree with him 100 % stop corruption & oligarchs NOW…no more Armenian Mafia allowed in OUR Hayasdan

  3. Art Napetian said:

    Majority of previous soviet couuntries have the same problem, so it’s interesting to know whether US will not
    invest in all those countries? What is US doing in Ukraine?

  4. Harutik said:

    “Corruption” in Armenia is none of your business. In fact, “corruption” is a much more serious problem in the US. While Armenia has an army of Western funded anti-corruption groups constantly working to undermine the Russian-backed government in Yerevan, are there any foreign funded opposition groups plotting regime change in the US?

  5. Janapar said:

    Yankees are good at that game too. They still need to find something worth buying in Armenia.

  6. Jack Kalpakian said:

    He is right but so what? The US has allies a great deal more corrupt than Armenia is or will ever be; corruption becomes an issue when the US does not like the regime in place that is all.