“Zhamanak” is concerned about reports that the Kremlin-installed leader of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, will visit Yerevan soon to take part in a Russian-Armenian intergovernmental forum. The paper says that such a trip would amount to Armenia’s recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, demanding that the Armenian government block Aksyonov’s arrival. It notes that news of Aksyonov’s plans to visit Armenia emerged immediately after the latest talks held by Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sarkisian outside Moscow.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” dismisses as a “futile exercise” official Yerevan’s plans to raise the latest ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone with the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “The CSTO will at best issue a lukewarm statement containing a general call for peace and stability, rather than defending Armenia,” writes the paper. It presumes that Putin assured Sarkisian this week that he will try to get other CSTO heads of state to adopt a more or less pro-Armenian statement at their September 15 summit in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” continues to brush aside renewed speculation in Armenian media and opposition circles about former President Robert Kocharian’s return to the political arena. The paper says that in any “normal” country a former president wielding “huge financial resources” accumulated while in power would never stand a chance of making a successful political comeback. It says that although Kocharian is thought to possess such resources few Armenian commentators and opposition members raise questions about their origin, let alone accuse him the ex-president of having illegally enriched himself during his 1998-2008 rule.
“Hraparak” comments on the growing number of civic groups in Armenia campaigning against specific government policies or decisions. “We have already lost count of various initiatives, movements, alliances and fronts,” writes the paper. “They are born and die as quickly as butterflies.”