“Zhamanak” discussed the newly publicized “roadmap” for Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Customs Union, calling its unfolding implementation the beginning of the loss of national independence. The paper also fears that Yerevan will have to reverse some of the legislative acts that have been enacted in accordance with the 2010-2013 association talks with the European Union.
“Zhoghovurd” hits out at the secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council, Artur Baghdasarian, for defending the failure of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to react to the latest upsurge in fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh and on Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan. Baghdasarian said over the weekend that the CSTO cannot respond to every ceasefire violation in the conflict zone. “This statement makes one think that its author is not the secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council but a spokesman for CSTO chief Nikolay Bordyuzha,” comments the paper. It argues that the CSTO’s key mission to ensure the safety of the borders of its members states, including Armenia. The Armenian authorities and Baghdasarian in particular should have therefore demanded an “adequate reaction” from the Russian-led pact, it says.
Baghdasarian rejects such criticism in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” “The CSTO and Bordyuzha in particular have repeatedly reacted to provocative actions on the line of contact and presented its clear position on escalation of tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani and bellicose statements made by Azerbaijani officials, including the president [Ilham Aliyev,] calling threats of use of force unacceptable,” he says. “But we cannot expect the CSTO to issue a statement on every incident.