“Zhamanak” hails a U.S.-Armenian memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation signed in Yerevan on Thursday as a “truly unprecedented development” with important implications for the entire region. “Armenia can have a chance to restore its sovereignty only in case of diversifying its energy sources because the sector now almost completely belongs to Russia,” explains the paper. The U.S.-Armenian agreement is “a small but important step” in that direction, it says.
“Aravot” believes that Diaspora Armenians settling in Armenia must be received “with open hearts.” The paper says that they are far more important to Armenia than those Armenians who have left the country since the early 1990s and are now “telling us how bad life in Armenia is.” “In order to justify their absence from the homeland, they deliberately engulf with great pleasure negative information coming out of Armenia, which unfortunately but objectively abounds,” it says in an editorial.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” derides State Revenue Committee (SRC) director Gagik Khachatrian’s claims that he does not own any large businesses in the country. “This can be called a sensational statement,” the paper writes, listing more than a dozen lucrative firms which are believed to belong to Khachatrian. “You see, he is an honest and just guy,” it says mockingly. “He doesn’t have businesses and lives off his salary only.” The paper points out, on a more serious note, that Khachatrian’s luxury villa in the resort town of Tsaghkadzor occupies 14 hectares of very expensive land.