“Hraparak” expects no progress in the Karabakh peace process from a new round of Russia-hosted talks between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan scheduled for Wednesday.
“The only thing that can be stated is that Russia has taken a more active stance in the Karabakh conflict settlement and the [OSCE] Minsk Group has been ousted from the process as the only format of resolving the issue,” the paper asserts.
In an interview with “Kapital”, ruling Republican Party lawmaker Eduard Sharmazanov says the levels of cooperation of Russia with Armenia and Azerbaijan are beyond comparison.
“The Armenia-Russia relationship is a strategic one and anyone who reads the Armenian-Russian protocols that were signed in Yerevan and the protocols that were signed in Baku will see this stark difference,” he says.
In an interview with “Irates de facto”, the leader of the Social-Democrat Hunchakian Party, Lyudmila Sargsian, evaluates the current state of affairs in the Armenian opposition and says: “There can be only a radical opposition in Armenia because by ‘playing opposition’ you can’t change this situation. Only by being a radical opposition you can provide a positive result.”
“Aravot” reports that people who gathered in Tatev, in Armenia’s southern Syunik province, last Sunday witnessed “the world’s longest aerial tramway officially launched a week before stop midway through their routes, with about 50 passengers trapped inside for 40 minutes.”
The paper writes that speaking at a public event in Tatev shortly before the incident, Syunik’s governor Surik Khachatrian said proudly that “with such an aerial tramway Syunik will become a real center for tourism.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that “despite measures being taken by the Central Bank and the government to cushion the impact of current price increases, the situation still does not change much.”
“On the contrary, prices for numerous consumer goods slowly but surely continue to grow. Still, the government and the Central Bank hope that until the end of the year they will be able to bring the inflation down to its projected range, in other words it will fluctuate between 5.5 and 6.5 percent,” the paper’s economic reviewer writes.