“Aravot” sees clashing interests of different powers when it comes to a Karabakh conflict settlement and implies that Armenia is facing a dilemma: “Either the issue is solved the way largely sought by Azerbaijan, which will have a destructive effect on the Armenian state, or the status quo will be maintained for several more years, with the threat of war and economic and demographic consequences that such a situation implies.”
“Which would you choose?” the paper queries. “Naturally the latter. But this, in turn, implies two things: to give up prospects for economic and political development in the near future and to do what Russia wants. So, while the unease about the Russian military base is appropriate, it is also untimely.”
“168 Zham” lambastes “the unprecedented expenses” made in Armenia for what it describes as “momentary pleasures” of visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and sees the “asphalting and sprucing-up of a large number of streets and roads in Yerevan and elsewhere in Armenia” only as “the surface aspect of humiliation at a state level”.
“This perhaps could be treated normally if in their relations with Russia the authorities in Armenia tried to preserve the status of a sovereign country with equal rights at least on the public level,” the paper concludes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that authorities are paying with the “homeland” to delay the imminent “flood” as they look to Moscow for “arms and moral support.”
“The president of Russia again is coming to Armenia. There is a great enthusiasm in Armenia again. They again weld the manhole lids in the streets for security reasons. The president of Turkey again visited Baku. Azerbaijan’s president again makes threats and our hope again is the president of Russia. We again ask weapons and moral support from Russia and again have no money to pay for that. We are paying with our homeland. The authorities again consider it as a victory, because they’ve managed to delay the flood until after they retire,” the paper maintains.
Political analyst Levon Melik-Shahnazarian has a different perspective on the matter. In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar”, he says that Armenia’s losing its sovereignty is “out of the question.”
“If the level of a state’s independence is determined by the activities of another state’s military base [in its territory], then Japan has not been independent since 1945, because it hosts more than a dozen military bases of the United States. No man of reason can question Japan’s being an independent state. I do not accept that the presence of the Russian military base affects Armenia’s independence. On the contrary, nearly all states in the present-day world consolidate their sovereignty by means of military-political cooperation,” the analyst concludes.