“Zhamanak” says Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has raised the possibility of a “Third World War” and will have serious ramifications for Armenia given its heavy dependence on Moscow. The paper claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning his country into a “rogue state” that has virtually no allies ready to openly justify its actions in Ukraine.
“168 Zham” speculates that the Russian economy will face a “collapse” if the Ukrainian crisis degenerates into a war. “These events can have disastrous consequences for Armenia in both political and economic senses,” writes the paper. “Being extremely dependent on Russia in terms of foreign trade, remittances from Russia, Russian presence in Armenia and so on, Armenia would directly feel the impact of Russia’s economic decline and international sanctions imposed on it.”
“What is Armenia’s government doing in these circumstances. In essence, nothing,” continues “168 Zham.” The authorities in Yerevan are only keen to accelerate Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Customs Union, complains the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the weekend rally held in Yerevan by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) did not live up to expectations of a new campaign of sustained street protests against the government. “The rally once again demonstrated that theoretical calculations do not always match real perceptions of the sad reality,” writes the pro-presidential paper. It also says that other major opposition parties showed little interest in the rally.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s speech at the rally set “the agenda of forthcoming public and political discussions” in Armenia. The paper sympathetic to Ter-Petrosian goes on to accuse his opposition critics of distorting his statements. “The most pathetic thing is that they are attacking Ter-Petrosian for not badmouthing the Customs Union,” it says.