Russia Gives Agricultural Assistance to Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Russia is ready to render assistance to regions that were damaged by the drought last year. In particular–5,000 tons of winter wheat will be supplied to the regions.

Armenia’s representative in the negotiations Russia–Hovsep Kloyan–said that the "Unbeared Kubanka"–"Scythian" and "Victory-50" varieties will be supplied to Armenia–since they are well-adjusted to the local climate.

The Russian’s will pay the transportation expenses–and the cargo is likely to be delivered early in September.

12. Nuclear Plant Staff Threatens Strike

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The situation at the Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant remains unclear regarding the threat of a strike by the NPP staff if the unpaid wages (120-170 million AMD) are not paid. According to preliminary information–the strike may begin on August 7.

Deputy Director of the NPP Slavik Danielian said that the NPP administration did not receive any official statement on the strike either from the NPP staff as a whole or from individual staff members. But Danielian refused to cite specific figures–stating that the unpaid wages are now being paid off–and that the sum is currently equal to the wages for one month. Thus–the main part of the unpaid wages for 3-4 months remains unpaid.

Danielian pointed out that the staff’s demand are fair. But–according to him–instead of resorting to strike and endangering the work of the NPP–the staff should–for instance seek legal assistance. Danielian pointed out that special measures are stipulated for such cases in case of a strike.

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