“Hayots Ashkhar” summarizes the tensions in Russian-Georgian relations and outlines possible threats to Armenia: “A situation arises when in the coming winter the threat to our communications leading to the Black Sea via Georgia is not excluded. Until now willy-nilly becoming the main victim of the Russian-Georgian standoff Armenia may soon find itself in an even more difficult situation. As the likelihood of new cataclysms in Georgia and around it increases, it becomes obvious that Armenia needs to pay closer attention to the uninterrupted use of its ‘road of life’ that passes through Iran.”
In an interview with “Zhamanak Yerevan” Russian State Duma deputy Konstantin Zatulin reflects on the prospect of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement: “A stable status-quo has been established in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It is quite clear that the Armenian side holds the prize of the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the internal political conjuncture does not allow either Armenian or Azeri leaderships to strike a deal.”
“Aravot” informs its readers basing on reports from “trustworthy sources” that in recent days the offices of a number of U.S. senators received phone calls from the Armenian Assembly of America and were informed that they [AAA] no longer have a problem in the matter of Richard Hoagland’s candidacy as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. “The AAA office also stated that in this matter they have the OK of official Yerevan,” the paper writes.
Citing unnamed sources, the same paper writes: “The relations between the Prosperous Armenia party and [Defense Minister] Serzh Sarkisian have strained to the degree that the defense minister’s brother Sashik Sarkisian’s men recently entered the Prosperous Armenia office in the Balahovit district of the Kotayk region and beat Gagik Tsarukian’s men.”
The review of the second application of A1 Plus at the European Court has been postponed. The television company’s representative, lawyer Tigran Ter-Yesayan tells “Aravot” that it was at his request that the court decided to postpone the date until January 10, 2007, since ‘there are distortions in the answer of the Armenian government that need clarifying.’
“Azg” reports that on November 8 evening Akhalkalaki regional police workers armed with submachine-guns and batons broke into the former “Kechi” building, ousting from their minor members of the Javakhk scout movement.