Vadim Dubnov, a renowned Russian journalist and columnist, tells “168 Zham” that skirmishes around Nagorno-Karabakh sharply intensified recently because Azerbaijan is losing patience with the status quo. “Azerbaijan has no political or legal instruments to change the status quo,” says Dubnov. “Negotiations are going on in such a way that Azerbaijan has lost political possibilities of changing the status quo and it has been left with one option: to take drastic steps.” Dubnov says at the same time that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev still does not plan on restarting the war with the Armenians.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that recent days’ visits by Armenian government officials and pro-government and opposition politicians to Armenian army posts in Karabakh and on the border with Azerbaijan have prompted baseless speculations from some commentators. The pro-government paper believes that it is only natural for members of the country’s political class to talk to soldiers and residents of border settlements during or after an escalation of tensions with Azerbaijan. Allegations that such high-profile trips are mere publicity stunts are therefore not convincing, it says.
“Aravot” comments on the brutal killing of U.S. journalists James Foley by Islamic State extremists, saying that “an ordinary Armenian as well as the average European are not capable of committing this kind of savagery.” “Although there are obviously sadistic fanatics among all nations, that [kind of violence] is not characteristic of modern-day European culture,” editorializes the paper.
“Zhamanak” claims the four Armenian parliamentary parties challenging President Serzh Sarkisian will only imitate a joint offensive against the government this fall. “The thing is that none of the members of the quartet can do anything serious on its own,” writes the paper. “They need each other only for an imitation.” They therefore do not pose a threat to Sarkisian, it says.