Russian-Armenian ties remain as close as before, Armenia's ambassador in Moscow, Suren Sahakian, assures "Azg," dismissing speculation that the Kremlin does not look kindly on "pro-Western" moves of its Caucasus ally. Sahakian says Moscow's insistence on the repayment of Armenia's debt is not politically motivated. "Moscow is not jealous about Armenia's relations wit the West, realizing very well that our political and regional security is tied to Russia."
"Imperialism" has again taken hold in Russia, writes "Haykakan Zhamanak." The Russians continue their "policy of sidestepping Armenia." "For them Armenia is not a country but a military outpost...Historically, Russia has been interested in the worsening of Turkish-Armenian relations. And today the only reason why Armenia can not ditch Russian orientation is the strained Turkish-Armenian relations. If Russia is to supply Turkey with gas and energy through Armenia it must become interested in the normalization of the ties between Ankara and Yerevan and regional stability." But that would
mean losing leverage against Armenia.
"Hayots Ashkhar" applauds the results of the Collective Security Treaty (CST) summit in Yerevan. Decisions made at the gathering set the stage for the "long-term freezing of the Karabakh issue," the paper's most coveted goal. This will no doubt "strengthen our resistance capacity." Russia's wish to bolster CST structures removes the most serious threat to Armenia's security: a further Russian-Azeri rapprochement.
"Aravot" notes that similarities between Russia and Armenia are not confined to the area of security and defense. "There [in Russia], just like here, theft, disrespect of laws and dislike of the state is common. Russians, just like Armenians, do not feel that they are the masters of their country."
"Haykakan Zhamanak" reports on yet another crisis in the Miasnutyun bloc. This time the rift centers on the distribution of Miasnutyun's three seats in the newly formed parliamentary commission overseeing the investigation into wants two seats for its representatives, a demand that does not sit well with the more influential Republican Party (HHK). Senior lawmakers from the two parties on Friday failed to overcome their difference after a long meeting behind the closed doors. Correspondents say their angry voices could be heard outside the meeting room, a clear indication of how high emotions ran. The matter now has to be discussed by Miasnutyun's political council.