(Saturday, May 10)
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” is disappointed with low-key official celebrations on Friday of the 22nd anniversary of a key Armenian military victory in Karabakh, saying that most of the spotlight was on the 69th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War Two. “At that time [in 1992] we believed that only a sovereign Armenia can ensure Karabakh’s security,” editorializes the paper. “Now we believe that we can ensure Karabakh’s security that only by renouncing our sovereignty.” It blames President Serzh Sarkisian for this perceived change.
Lragir.am says the victory in the Karabakh war has created a dilemma for the Armenian society. “There seem to be two main approaches,” writes the online publication. “One is that we must not give back any territory, while the other is that a territorial concession is an important prerequisite for a settlement, which is needed for taking a huge burden off Armenia’s shoulders, especially given that the Russian Empire uses that burden for blackmailing and threatening Armenia.” It believes that the Karabakh conflict is not the main Russian leverage against Armenia. “There is no Russian blackmail on the Artsakh issue; there is only Armenian ineptness, Armenian failings and Armenian crimes against statehood,” it says.
“Aravot” comments on Russian Ambassador Ivan Volynkin’s calls for a government crackdown on Western-funded Armenian groups trying to “drive a wedge into Russian-Armenian relations.” The paper says the key question is not whether Volynkin is allowed to make such statements but whether Armenians want to have the kind of a restrictive law on non-governmental organizations that is enforced in Russia. It says the vast majority of them simply do not care about this. “The majority simply wants to live well,” editorializes “Aravot.”