Orinats Yerkir party leader Artur Baghdasarian acknowledges in an interview with “Hraparak” that as a political figure he lost some of his popularity when he joined the governing coalition after the 2008 presidential election.
“But with that step I contributed to the reestablishment of stability in the country. Had I joined [opposition leader] Levon Ter-Petrosian, I would have contributed to a civil war in our country,” says the current secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reviews the ongoing Armenian-Turkish rapprochement from the position of “a new concept of the Russian imperialist interests”.
“Turkey was an enemy of this Empire [Russia] yesterday and therefore Russia’s outpost [Armenia] had to wage a life-and-death struggle against it. Today, the reality is different. The expected Armenian-Turkish and then Armenian-Azerbaijani reconciliations are likely to lead not to peace, but a new war. Let’s remember the context of the start of the Armenia-Turkey rapprochement – the Russo-Georgian war. And this is a new potential enemy of stability and therefore a new potential enemy of the “outpost”. Dividing Georgia still remains Russia’s objective,” writes the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” observes that the subject of Armenian-Turkish relations is gradually being pushed to the background.
“A huge noise was being made in Armenia’s politics for several weeks, then the [Turkey-Armenia] protocols were signed and the noise continued for several days by inertia and that was it. The Armenian political establishment and national intelligentsia swallowed the Zurich apostasy and continued to “chew their daily bread”. And in Turkey, by the way, it is quite the opposite. The impression is that before the signing of the protocols they did not speak not to put us off and after the signing, not a single day passes by without them talking about a panel of historians and Karabakh settlement.”