Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the reported sale of Russian S-300 air-defense systems to Azerbaijan is now “in the implementation phase.”
“Zhamanak” says Azerbaijan is close to pushing another “anti-Armenian” resolution through the UN General Assembly. “So far such resolutions have not been put into practice,” comments the paper. “But they are piling up and nobody knows when they will put us under fire.” It says the Armenian authorities are still doing little to counter such resolutions.
Writing in “Hraparak,” opposition politician Sos Gimishian says Georgia’s reportedly negative reaction to the latest Russian-Armenian defense agreement is “natural.” He says that unlike Armenia’s “dictatorial and puppet regime” lacking domestic legitimacy, the Georgian government has been implementing sweeping reforms. “Naturally, Russia’s influence on our authorities is very large and Georgia is worried as a neighboring country,” writes Gimishian. “I find that natural and am calm about the statements made by the Georgian authorities. But solving national issues is Armenia’s sovereign right. As a sovereign state, we have such a right … and we must ensure that our national security is at the highest possible level.”
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the reported sale of Russian S-300 air-defense systems to Azerbaijan is now “in the implementation phase.” Polukhov is also quoted as saying that Moscow and Baku began negotiating on the deal in 2007. He refuses to specify when the S-300s will actually be deployed in Azerbaijan.
“Hayots Ashkhar” accuses “some media” of exploiting recent non-combat deaths of soldiers to discredit the Armenian army. The paper also says Armenia’s Defense Ministry acknowledges the existence of serious “problems” in the army and is committed to addressing them.
Armen Alaverdian, the deputy head of the State Revenue Committee (SRC), tells “168 Zham” that government plans to ban Armenian car owners from using foreign license plates are primarily targeting the rich. “They have to pay for elements of luxury,” says Alaverdian. “While the average customs value of cars imported to the country stands at 4 million drams ($11,000), the value of cars imported in that way [and registered abroad] usually ranges from $50,000-$60,000 to $150,000 and even more.” Alaverdian also speaks out against lowering import duties for cars, saying that would increase imports of very old and dangerous cars.