“Hayots Ashkhar” welcomes the military exercises in Nagorno-Karabakh and President Serzh Sarkisian’s stark warning to Azerbaijan, saying that it was all the more necessary in the run-up to the upcoming OSCE summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. “Clearly, these military exercises are a certain message to the mediators pursuing the conflict’s resolution and -- why not -- the Azerbaijani side: that Armenia will not allow anyone to talk to it and Artsakh from a position of force, that Armenia and Artsakh are committed to the conflict’s peaceful resolution,” writes the paper. “At the end of the day, the best guarantee of peace is to be prepared for war.”
For “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun,” Sarkisian’s statements were a “grave blunder in the political sense.” “The text was certainly good,” writes the pro-opposition daily. “But it should have been uttered by the NKR president … Serzh Sarkisian is openly stating that Armenia’s army is deployed in Karabakh, Aghdam.” It says this fact will give more ammunition to those who denounce Armenia as an aggressor.
“Aravot” carries an interview with a entrepreneur from Gyumri who says he wants to relocate his business to Georgia. “First of all, Georgia is similar to us with its mentality and habits,” says Mushegh Minasian. “I think of my children, I don’t want to change and get spoiled. Georgia has a fairly large Armenian community, they can stay Armenian. Georgia today is a country of law.” Also, tax rates in Georgia are much lower than in Armenia, argues Minasian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” presents detailed data on the scale of price rises observed in Armenia this year. The paper says it makes nonsense of President Sarkisian’s recent claim that the consumer price index has increased by only 4.8 percent. “This means that neither Serzh Sarkisian, nor lower-level officials know what is happening outside their offices, apartments, country houses, refrigerators and cars,” claims the paper. “They don’t know and don’t want to know. Nor do they care. They think that if they have tons of cash and don’t feel that bread, butter, sugar and cheese have become more expensive, then others don’t feel that either.”
“Kapital” reports that the combined profits of Armenia’s commercial banks rose by almost 15 percent to 86 billion drams ($240 million) in the first nine months of this year.