“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on reports that Russia is ready to sell 100 more tanks to Azerbaijani after completing the delivery of a similar number of tanks to Baku. The paper says that even this fact will not deter the Armenian authorities from seeking membership in the Russian-led Customs Union and ceding part of Armenia’s sovereignty to Moscow.
“This is Russia’s latest challenge to Armenia’s authorities and not only them,” “168 Zham” writes on the subject. “Not in the sense that our strategic ally has sent yet another batch of tanks to our strategic enemy and is proudly stating its readiness to continue such deliveries. That would have been too primitive. This is a challenge not to Armenia’s military leadership and army command but to various agencies, experts, and spin doctors writing speeches for representatives of various opposition forces. They now need to use the whole vocabulary and flexibility of the Armenian language to argue that the tank sales to Azerbaijan are aimed at weakening, rather than strengthening, our enemy.”
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Armenian and Russian diplomats have held regular consultations in Yerevan that centered not on bilateral relations but, according to an official state, Armenia’s ties to “North American countries.” “At first glance, this report appears weird,” comments the paper. “But if we take into consideration the current foreign policy vector adopted by the Armenian authorities and our country’s increasingly subservient status in its relations with Russia, it will become obvious that these consultations were not accidental.” The paper accuses Moscow of trying of gain control over Armenia’s dealings with the United States.
Interviewed by “Hraparak,” the chief of the government staff, Davit Harutiunian, does not deny reports that many employers are forcing their workers not to opt out of a controversial pension reform that was declared unconstitutional by Armenia’s Constitutional Court last month.