“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” attacks those who dismiss as insignificant Friday’s rally in Yerevan organized by the Armenian National Congress (HAK). “Everything is clear,” writes the paper sympathetic to the HAK. “Some persons seized power by violent means, rig elections every time and develop mechanisms for plundering the country, and the opposition must be able to organize a popular struggle and free the country of this criminal gang. That’s it, there is nothing else. Therefore, nobody will be inventing anything new at the upcoming rally.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the HAK will be rallying supporters without any programs and the slightest chance of achieving its objectives. The pro-government daily also complains that the demonstrators will have no problem with the fact that the HAK brings together “liberals and socialists, tramps and former high-level officials.”
“Aravot” criticizes the Armenian Foreign Ministry for rejecting out of hand a draft UN General Assembly resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh that was circulated by the HAK on Wednesday. “The problem is that in Armenia there is no culture of discussion of issues preoccupying the society,” editorializes the paper. “It has to be jointly formed by the authorities, the opposition, mass media and the entire society. The dominant practice here is to focus on secondary, personal details that may be interesting on the surface but make us deviate from the subject matter itself.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian told journalists on Wednesday that Azerbaijan will “likely” get hold of Russian S-300 air-defense systems. “We have no concerns, especially given that we have many more such systems,” he said. “I mean the quantity. And we know better how to use them.” “Today, at this moment, I don’t think that Azerbaijan can start hostilities, even though their actions allow us to presume that they want to provoke something,” added Ohanian.