“The Armenian authorities are openly stating that Armenia is finally orienting its foreign policy towards Russia,” “168 Zham” writes, commenting on Serzh Sarkisian’s visit to Moscow. The paper expresses hope that “Armenia will not become Russia’s latest captive.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” welcomes the trip, saying that it will help thwart Western attempts to “force Armenia into the corner.” “Russia’s unconditional support [for Armenia’s leadership] is creating the firm basis on which Armenia can rely on and feel more confident in coping with possible international pressure,” says the pro-government paper. “The scenario of staging a color revolution in Armenia and, in case of its failure, forcing the government of our country into the corner and demanding serious concessions on various international issues is slowly but steadily moving into deadlock.”
“Azg” says that the Orinats Yerkir and Dashnaktsutyun parties agreed to join Sarkisian’s new government because they preferred ministerial portfolios to the role of “constructive opposition.” “None of them wanted to go home empty-handed,” comments the paper. It hopes that the ambitious goals laid out in the coalition accord will be achieved.
“Over the past month, nobody has glorified Levon Ter-Petrosian as much as our government, law-enforcers and their propaganda machine have,” editorializes “Aravot.” “According to them, the first president has some mysterious and magical capabilities or masters some miracle techniques with which he has managed to hypnotize the masses.” The paper says this “self-deception” on the part of the authorities has entailed several “dangerous consequences.” The most important of them, it says, is that the authorities “weaken their vigilance and do not stop the process of radicalization” of the Armenian opposition. “As a result, in two or three years from now the authorities could get an opponent whose discourse and actions will make Ter-Petrosian’s current stance seem very soft and even friendly.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Serzh Sarkisian’s current actins resemble a “pre-election campaign. “He has begun giving promises to the public and the business community after the [presidential] elections,” says the opposition paper. “If he is an elected president, he should have been busy delivering on his promises given before February 19. However, Serzh Sarkisian has failed to grasp one simple truth: the problem lies not in the nature of his promises or their being not eloquent enough but in the person who gave them. More precisely, in the system of which he is the head.”