“Zhamanak” reports that the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has missed a July 1 deadline for drafting an accession treaty with Armenia, which was set by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan at their May 29 summit in Astana. “At first glance, we can be happy in the sense that our infamous membership in the EEU is not happening,” writes the paper. “On the other hand, it is evident that there are shadowy developments unfolding over this topic and not involving Armenia. And this is a very dangerous situation.” In particular, the paper sees “quite intensive processes” going on between Russia and Azerbaijan. It claims that Moscow may be trying to lure Baku into the EEU with promises of Nagorno-Karabakh’s return under Azerbaijan control.
But as Arman Melikian, a former Karabakh foreign minister assures “168 Zham,” ongoing developments related to the EEU and Russian-Azerbaijani ties pose no direct threat to continued Armenian control over Karabakh. “But this doesn’t mean that Azerbaijan will not try to use processes related to the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union for gaining some advantages in the Artsakh issue,” says Melikian.
“Aravot” says that the apparent Russian-Azerbaijani rapprochement has coincided with increased ceasefire violations on the Karabakh frontline and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The paper also notes that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) remain silent about the shooting incidents on one of its member states’ frontier. “Expecting something different [from the CSTO] after Azerbaijan’s latest promises of strategic loyalty to Russia would be naïve, though,” it says.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts sarcastically to the State Language Inspectorate’s threats to fine Armenian government agencies and officials that fail provide Armenian-language translation during visits by official Russian delegations. The paper says that with Armenia planning to join the EEU and increase its dependence on Russia such fines could become a stable source of revenue for the agency.
“Hraparak” reminds readers that Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian gave large businesses until July 1 to stop evading taxes or face a tough government crackdown. The paper predicts that Abrahamian and his cabinet will not act on that ultimatum.