“Zhoghovurd” comments poignantly on President Serzh Sarkisian’s ‘I wish’ expression that he made in relation to the Karabakh settlement three days after the November 19 talks with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev. “It is noteworthy that Sarkisian uses this expression speaking about matters that are not conditioned by his wishes. The thing is that after September 3 [when Armenia announced its decision to join the Russian-led Customs Union] Sarkisian’s wishes have ceased to be a political factor and the very institution of the president of Armenia with all his wishes has been reduced to a dummy,” the paper writes.
“168 Zham” has observed a sense of euphoria within Armenia’s government circles over Ukraine’s recent decision to suspend the process of signing an association agreement with the European Union: “In private conversations many Armenian officials do not hide their delight based on their desire to find comfort in the thought of someone else’s failure given their own incapability... But what happened to Ukraine should rather be another reason for concern, as after this series of victories over Europe, Russia will become even more unrestrained, which will primarily be reflected in its relations with Armenia.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” suggests that the likely itinerary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s December 2 visit to Armenia where his presidential aircraft is going to land in Gyumri, a northwestern town hosting a Russian military base, is a strong message about Moscow’s priorities. “Putin thus shows to everyone that in Armenia he is first and foremost interested in Russia’s military presence, and it is this presence that is the main component of Russo-Armenian relations, while the rest is secondary,” the paper comments.
Political analyst Stepan Grigorian predicts to “Aravot” that Russia will not be able to make good on its promises of hefty funding to Ukraine and Armenia in exchange for their refusal to deepen integration with the European Union ahead of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. “Life will continue after the Vilnius summit, and these countries will need to develop, and it will become obvious to them that they need to work with Europe and the United States where there are the technologies, culture and developed industry. It is simply pointless for Ukraine and Armenia to move towards the [Russian-led] Customs Union,” says the expert.
On the same subject “Zhamanak” writes: “The authorities of both Armenia and Ukraine once failed to conduct policies that would strengthen their positions against the Russian blackmail and threats, they failed to ensure a political and economic environment that would enable them to have greater resistance. Since independence the society [in Armenia] has only heard words about progress and development, but at the institutional level it has been degrading since 1995, when the most important mechanism of democracy, which is the election, was destroyed in its embryonic state.”