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Writing in “Hraparak,” Ara Sahakian, a former deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament, says that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Turkey has dangerous implications for Armenia. “As was the case 90 years ago, Russia and Turkey are examining and mapping out the fate of Armenians,” says Sahakian.

“What is happening [in Russian-Turkish relations] now is something which the Armenian political thought has feared the most,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Russian-Turkish relations are warming up and those two states are reaching agreements. We think there is no need to remind what that usually leads to.” The paper claims that Ankara and Moscow may cut anti-Armenian deals on Nagorno-Karabakh behind Yerevan’s back. “So in all likelihood, unpleasant surprises await us soon,” it says.

“Zhamanak,” another daily critical of the Armenian government, is also worried about the Russian-Turkish rapprochement. The paper points to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s recent claims that the Karabakh conflict will top the agenda of Medvedev’s talks in Ankara. It speculates that Moscow’s failure to explicitly deny those claims means that “some agreements” on Karabakh will be reached during the trip.

“Aravot” asks Samvel Farmanian, the political programming director of the Armenian Public Television and Radio, to comment on prominent Karabakh journalist Gegham Baghdasarian’s calls for an end to the “propaganda war” between the Armenian and Azerbaijani media. Farmanian, who until recently worked as President Serzh Sarkisian’s press secretary, says the call should have been only addressed to Azerbaijani journalists because “neither in Armenia, nor in the NKR there is an organized propaganda of hatred.” For his part, Arif Aliyev, chairman of the Baku Press Club, says: “Unfortunately, we journalists are too dependent on the circumstances surrounding us, and we can’t turn any objective into reality, even if it is very tempting and desirable, without taking the surrounding realities into account.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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