(Saturday, May 7)
Gagik Melikian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has changed the course of its political struggle after failing to “dismantle the government system” and weaken the foundations of statehood.” “We can now see that they have not only failed to realize their plans but, thanks to the consistent and accurate policies pursued authorities and especially the country’s president, have understood that the path chosen by them is wrong,” he says.
Another senior HHK figure, Razmik Zohrabian, is quoted by “168 Zham” as saying that President Serzh Sarkisian’s reforms and various overtures to the opposition stem from the HHK’s “conservative ideology.” “Conservatives opt for reforms in order to prevent revolutions because they lead to economic ruin and even the destruction of the state,” he says. “That is, the conservatives are the standard bearers of the state’s preservation. They are even ready to embrace some changes.”
Speaking to “Aravot,” Stepan Safarian, the parliamentary leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, claims that the government and the HAK have reached agreements on at least three issues and the holding of snap elections is not among them. Safarian insists that fresh polls are not on the HAK’s agenda despite statements to the contrary made by its leaders.
“Kapital” reports that Russia’s Gazprom energy conglomerate has already signed a draft Russian-Armenian agreement on the new price of its gas delivered to Armenia. The business daily says that its signing by the Armenian side is a “matter of days.” “In all likelihood, the new price of [Russian] gas sold to Armenia will be known by mid-May,” it says. “According to some reports, it will be raised to about $200 per thousand cubic meters. Armenia has been buying Russian gas for $180 per thousand cubic meters.”