“Zhamanak” says an opinion poll conducted in Armenia recently found that 61 percent of Armenians are in favor of joining the Eurasian Union of ex-Soviet states promoted by Russia. “This result must be regarded as a wake-up call by those who are worried about the prospect of finally burying Armenia in the claws of Kremlin imperialism and want the country to make a choice based on pragmatic interests, rather than stereotypes.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that around 59 percent of respondents support even closer ties between Armenia and Russia. “Armenia’s various ties with Russia are already so strong that they are officially referred to as strategic and allied,” writes the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says President Serzh Sarkisian’s visit to Poland, which began on Monday, is important because “that country coordinates the European Union’s and, in general, the West’s relations with the South Caucasus.” The paper says Sarkisian’s weekend meeting in Yerevan with Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, “should be viewed in this context.” “It is no longer possible to hide a watershed facing Armenia: either with the West or with Russia,” it says.
“He who is appointed as Armenia’s prime minister in 2015-2016 will most probably be the regime’s presidential candidate in 2018,” writes “Aravot.” “Unless something extraordinary happens until then. Incidentally, this is what happened in Russia during the Yeltsin-Putin and Putin-Medvedev handovers.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” comments on ongoing protests organized by apricot farmers in Armenia who are unable to sell their produce or are unhappy with the prices set by wholesale buyers. The paper believes that the state has a major regulatory role to play in farmers’ dealings with apricot exporters. It claims that government officials are not interested in regulating them because “opportunities for making money in the process would diminish.”