“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts scathingly to Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s Monday remark that Armenia “should learn to live in emergency conditions.” “Armenia has long been living in emergency conditions and seems to have learned that well,” says the paper. “At least, any other people in our situation would hardly tolerate it for ten years. We do realize that Tigran Sarkisian meant natural disasters. The thing is that these authorities are not much different from a natural disaster. At least, in terms of consequences.”
“Zhamanak” suggests that the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) “has begun mainly relying on the foreign policy situation and conjuncture.” “A new situation seems to be taking shape, with the HAK regarding the external political situation and international political centers’ programs and intentions regarding Armenia, rather than the [domestic] public’s activity or the existence of a public factor, as its main force and the main prerequisite for regime change,” says the paper. It says the HAK’s current strategy is not to escalate the situation and to leave the authorities focusing on foreign policy challenges and eventually facing a public backlash.
“When they say that a [democratic] political system can establish itself only in the event of fair elections, that is no exaggeration,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Elections are an examination for any party. When a person realizes that they will face no real exam and that good marks can be obtained only through patronage, they have only two options. Either they start looking for [influential] acquaintances, or don’t give a damn about all kinds of exams and isolate themselves.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that the current Turkish government’s foreign policy is hurting Turkey in the first instance. The paper argues that just days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a phone conversation with President Serzh Sarkisian and reaffirmed U.S. support for an unconditional normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations.
“Iravunk de facto” says Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is unlikely to visit Armenia anytime soon despite claims to the contrary made by Armenian officials. “The first reason for that is that differences within Russia’s governing duo have deepened, and that also applies to Moscow’s further foreign policy towards the post-Soviet space,” says the paper. “Whereas Russia’s president [Dmitry Medvedev] is favoring soft power and attaches importance to working in the information, educational and humanitarian fields of post-Soviet countries, Russia’s hard-line prime minister does not agree with that. Besides, the complementary foreign policy pursued by Armenia’s authorities is viewed by the Russian leadership as inadmissible independence.”