President Armen Sarkissian is an Armenian physicist, computer scientist and politician, who currently serves as the incumbent President of Armenia. He also has served as Prime Minister of Armenia from 4 November 1996 to 20 March 1997 and previously was the country’s longest-serving Ambassador in London since 1998.

President Sarkissian took the office of the Presidency on 9 April 2018 and in his recent interview with Austrian magazine Society, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said although Armenia is a small state it is a global nation. He said as many Armenians live in Russia as there are living in Armenia itself, for example.

“In the 21st century, this is an advantage because the globe is getting smaller and life is getting faster,’ he said. In his words, the biggest companies in the world are not oil or gas companies but rather IT companies like Apple and Google.

He said Armenia has a chance of being part of a so-called virtual silk road a trade route of technologies and communications.

‘This Silk Road already exists as the global network of people connected to each other virtually and this is the field where you can expand your influence today’.

‘It can become a century of Armenia if we are using our advantage of being a global and highly educated nation that is very well integrated in many societies. In addition, we are the only country of our region that has strong relations both with the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union,’ President Sarkissian said.