“Haykakan Zhamanak” calls for more government efforts to improve the security of Armenians living in villages that are close to the Azerbaijani border and regulatory shot at by Azerbaijani troops. “For these people, shooting and shelling is not a media report but a matter of their own physical security,” explains the paper. “The state must think about what it is telling those people.” It says that a recently enacted law obligating the government to subsidize electricity and natural gas supplied to residents of the border villages is not sufficient. “In effect, the border villages are now part of the frontline … They must feel the moral and material support of the rest of Armenia,” it says.
“Zhoghovurd” speculates that Azerbaijan has stepped up truce violations in recent days because President Ilham Aliyev wants to “show his team that official Moscow is not Armenia’s protector.” “Besides, Aliyev has no other chance to prolong his rule than to provoke a war,” claims the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” claims that Azerbaijan has been discussing the Karabakh conflict with Russia, rather than Armenia, ever since the latter joined the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in January. “The whole point of the negotiations is approximately as follows: Russia thinks that the Armenian side must return liberated territories but that Karabakh’s future status must be decided in a referendum. Will Azerbaijan agree to join the EEU if Russia forces Armenia to return the liberated territories on these terms? This raises two questions. First, will Azerbaijan agree to that? Second, if it does, will Russia manage to force the Armenian side to withdraw from the liberated territories?” The pro-opposition paper claims that President Serzh Sarkisian will provoke a popular revolt against his regime if he accepts such a peaceful settlement demanded by Moscow.
“Zhamanak” says that Armenian media outlets that promoted Gagik Tsarukian and his Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) as recently as in February are now openly backing his presumed political patron, former President Robert Kocharian, “with the same consistency.” “His propagandists are now describing Kocharian as Serzh Sarkisian’s and his government’s main adversary and making contrasting comparisons between the achievements of the Kocharian era with the failings of Sarkisian’s rule,” writes the paper.