“Zhamanak” reports that Armenia essentially completed its accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) at a summit of the Russian-led bloc held in Moscow on Tuesday. But just as President Serzh Sarkisian met with his EEU counterparts the Armenian government announced through Deputy Economy Minister Garegin Melkonian that Yerevan is seeking to sign a new wide-ranging cooperation agreement with the European Union. “The EU had been saying that it is waiting for Armenia’s accession to the EEU to understand what Armenia can and cannot do,” writes the paper. “And now parallel to the final episode of the EEU accession process Armenia is announcing the start of negotiations on a new agreement with the EU.”
“There is one question here which is probably very important at this new stage of Armenia-EU relations,” continues “Zhamanak.” “Will those relations be conditioned by Russia-EU relations or Armenia-Russia relations? … If those relations will be proactive then what is happening now is very important for Armenia, even if it is launched on a limited scale, and it could really counterbalance the shameful decision that was made [by Serzh Sarkisian] on September 3 [2013.]”
“Aravot” carries an editorial on a stern warning which Gorik Hakobian, the director of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS), issued to the Armenian opposition on Saturday in connection with what he called “irresponsible” calls for an anti-government uprising. The paper notes that Hakobian did not name any oppositionists making such calls. It says that the NSS should deal instead with the likes of Levon Yeranosian, a deputy chief of the Armenian police who has threatened violent reprisals against government critics, or pro-government lawmakers who say that Armenia’s current leadership will stay in power for many more years. “That is certainly unconstitutional because the basic law stipulates that this matter shall be decided through elections,” it says.