“Hayots Ashkhar” blames Levon Ter-Petrosian and his Armenian National Congress (HAK) for “the crisis in the dialogue with the authorities.” “When Ter-Petrosian was euphorically stating on May 31 that the HAK is prepared for dialogue with the authorities, why didn’t he clarify at the same moment from whom they expect a response?” asks the pro-presidential paper. It argues that Ter-Petrosian also did not specify any formats of dialogue desired by him.
“Yerkir” ridicules HAK claims that statements on the matter made by senior members of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) should not be taken seriously. The paper accuses the HAK of playing “children’s games” with the government. It also claims that the HAK would negotiate with any delegation appointed by the government, even if it includes political figures with little influence on President Serzh Sarkisian.
“The Republicans have for months been saying that they are ready to start a dialogue with the opposition,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “But as soon as the opposition agreed to that, published the agenda of the dialogue and formed a delegation, they started gloating that they have nothing to negotiate on from that agenda. Was the Congress suggesting a different agenda several months ago? Was it intent on negotiating with the authorities on potato yields?” The pro-HAK daily also attacks other opposition forces for saying that the HAK leadership does not tolerate dissent and all decisions are made by Ter-Petrosian single-handedly.
“Hraparak” quotes Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisian as saying that the price of Russian natural gas for Armenia could rise further in 2012, ahead of the next parliamentary and parliamentary elections. “The price of gas has nothing to do with elections,” Movsisian tells the paper. “Gas is not produced in Armenia, it is imported from abroad. Naturally, external prices dictate the gas price in Armenia. Under our agreement with Russia’s Gazprom, we discuss gas prices every year on April 1.”