“Zhamanak” reports that President Serzh Sarkisian is expected to speak on Tuesday about the latest Armenian-Azerbaijani ceasefire violations at a summit of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) taking place in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe. The paper wonders whether Sarkisian will press the CSTO to adopt statements in support of Armenia in case further upsurges of fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone or to monitor the ceasefire regime there.
Gaidz Minasian, a French-Armenian political analyst, tells “Aravot” that Azerbaijan has reason to be unhappy with Russia despite having purchased billions of dollars worth of Russian weapons in recent years. “Azerbaijan gains nothing from those weapons,” he claims. “They realize that they cannot use those weapons the way they would like to against the territory of Armenia or Karabakh. Azerbaijan has different expectations from Russia. It cannot attain them and is unhappy with that. Contrary to statements by my colleagues in Russia, the Armenian president’s latest trip to Moscow did not leave me with a bad impression. Quite the opposite: I think it was a success. Armenia’s positions in the Karabakh conflict are strong nowadays.”
Minasian also praises Sarkisian for telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will bring up the recent Azerbaijani truce violations at the CSTO summit in Dushanbe. “I don’t think that Azerbaijan is now in a good position,” he says.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” scoffs at Sarkisian’s emergency meeting late last week with senior law-enforcement officials, which was aimed at addressing growing complaints by Armenian car owners regarding the enforcement of traffic rules. In particular, Sarkisian instructed the traffic police to reprimand, rather than fine, motorists for minor violations. The pro-opposition daily links the meeting with unfolding preparations for the upcoming referendum on Sarkisian’s constitutional amendments.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that electricity will after all become more expensive for consumers despite being currently subsidized by the Armenian government. The paper says that a special audit of the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) utility, which was promised by the government in June, will not make any difference. “It is evident that the audit games initiated by Serzh Sarkisian and currently played by the government will serve only one purpose: to substantiate the inevitability of the tariff increase,” it says.