“Zhamanak” says that despite their critical assessments of Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian and his cabinet Armenia’s main opposition forces will not attempt to unseat it at least until this autumn. The paper claims that the opposition’s “grace period” granted to Abrahamian is too long. “By next fall Hovik Abrahamian will undoubtedly take one or two steps that will give the opposition forces presenting him 12 demands reason to say that … they are on the right path,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that last week’s fatal shooting of two Armenian soldiers on Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan exclave was part of Baku’s efforts to draw Turkey into the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and thereby blackmail major world powers. “Turkey’s military presence in Nakhichevan, which was confirmed by Armenia’s defense minister [Seyran Ohanian] a few days ago, not only contravenes a 1921 Russian-Turkish treaty but also poses a threat to many big powers having interests in the South Caucasus,” writes the paper.
“The Nakhichevan outpost is a very convenient location for directly blackmailing Armenia. But in terms of using it as a carte blanche to resume the war, it is a [potential] trap for not only Azerbaijan but also Turkey because the Turkish military presence threatens vital interests of not only Armenia and its ally Russia but also Iran,” adds “Hayots Ashkhar.”
“Hraparak” says that the level of the Armenian government’s participation at the inauguration of Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko was not high enough. Yerevan was represented at the ceremony by Education Minister Armen Ashotian. The paper believes that President Serzh Sarkisian, parliament speaker Galust Sahakian or even Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian should have gone to Kiev instead. Even Belarus’s dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko was in attendance, seeking to demonstrate that he is not a Russian puppet,” it says.