“Zhoghovurd” looks at the implications of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remark in Baku that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved by “only political means.” The paper speculates that from the Russian perspective a “political” solution is somewhat different from a “peaceful” one.
“Russia and Azerbaijan are demonstrating close military-political cooperation and convergence of interests on a number of issues, notably Armenia’s European integration and a Karabakh settlement,” Lragir.am writes on the subject.
Interviewed by “Aravot,” deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov dismisses as “primitive and baseless” some critics’ claims that Putin’s visit to Azerbaijan, rather than Armenia, means that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has proved to be a more successful leader than Serzh Sarkisian. “Russia’s relations with Armenia are deeper and allied and are not based on political expediency,” says Sharmazanov. “But I don’t exclude that Azerbaijan’s leadership will use this visit by the Russian president for internal political purposes.” Sharmazanov also says that there is nothing wrong with that visit and it will not seriously influence Russian-Armenian ties. “They are neighboring countries and have numerous issues to discuss,” he says.
“Hraparak” believes that Armenia’s state bureaucracy is “needlessly bloated,” resulting in “huge and unnecessary expenditures.” “What is the point of keeping a huge bureaucratic apparatus which doesn’t know what to do and interferes with, rather than helps, people doing their job?” says the paper. In particular, it questions the existence of the Armenian Ministry of Diaspora. It says Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobian is one of the most active and high-profile cabinet members. “But if you look carefully at those events [organized or attended by Hakobian] you will see that most of them are the functions of the Ministry of Science and Education while others are those of regional administrations and municipalities. Another huge segment of its work should have been done by the Ministry of Culture,” writes the paper.