“Hayots Ashkhar” suggests that Ankara is skillfully using the ‘undue fusion’ of issues that has taken place in the Armenian-Turkish relations ahead of the return match between the two national soccer teams in Turkey in order “to disorientate the international community.”
“The thing has reached the point when the Turkish side starts to consider the two statements made by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian that he will not travel to Turkey for the October 14 match unless Ankara moves to reopen the Turkish-Armenian border as an attempt to advance a precondition. Meanwhile, it was Turkey that set the precondition through its prime minister who said that the border would be opened only after concrete progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.”
“Zhamanak” alleges that the authorities themselves do not know yet what Sarkisian will do.
The daily queries: “What has changed since last summer that Sarkisian’s attitude in the Armenian-Turkish relations should change? Nothing has changed. Like in the past, Sarkisian lacks domestic legitimacy as president and fully depends on realities abroad, such as on how long he will be in a position to meet the demands of the United States, Europe and Russia. These centers that have different interests, medium and long term goals regarding the Armenian-Turkish relations, appear to agree on one point – the Armenian-Turkish relations that have existed since September 2008 must be maintained until they see what they can do about other issues in the region, the global economic crisis, the reset of the U.S.-Russia relations.”
In an interview with “Hraparak”, the former U.S. cochairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group Matthew Bryza presents the United States viewpoints on Turkey’s role in the region: “Turkey is first of all a key NATO ally and for more than half a century has considered NATO as a cornerstone of its security. At the same time, Turkey has a number of common interests with Russia, such as expanding trade links, including in electric power supplies. Turkey relies on Russia for 65 percent of its natural gas supply. We, in Washington, think that before this reliance grows deeper, it is important to complete the efforts initiated by the Clinton administration – to form a southern corridor in order to ensure an unimpeded delivery of the Caspian energy resources to European markets, without monopolistic pressures.”
In its editorial “Aravot” suggests that the two main components of political activities in independent Armenia have been “either demanding someone’s resignation or justifying why this resignation is not appropriate, depending on what political camp you are part of.”
“The whole problem is that the practice of demanding someone’s resignation has its objective grounds. Those engaged in politics and even those who are not realize that it is impossible to realize the goals declared as program goals without replacing personalities,” writes the paper, adding that this reality explains why the [main opposition] Armenian National Congress included the demands for President Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation and early elections in its platform.