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“168 Zham” says that Armenia’s authorities and political class should examine the reasons for the emergence of the two “anti-Armenian” draft resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict submitted to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). The paper says that it is wrong to blame them only on Azerbaijan’s ‘caviar diplomacy’ and corruption among some European politicians. “We need to be honest enough to admit that such reports have also been made possible by Armenia’s unprincipled foreign policy, subordination of its interests to Russia’s interests, and its tendency look at Europe through the Russian prism and … the inactivity of the Armenian delegations at the PACE,” it says.

“Hayots Ashkhar” says that the authorities should have spent years, not days, trying to prevent the unfavorable developments in Strasbourg. The paper says that the outcome of Tuesday’s debates in Strasbourg can only be significantly influenced by Friday’s joint statement of the American, Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk, rather than the last-minute efforts of Armenian government officials and parliamentarians.

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” comments on statements by European diplomats in Yerevan noting the large number of wealthy individuals in Armenia’s parliament and government. “They have still not realized that members of Armenia’s government are rich only with their soul,” the paper says tartly. “As for members of the National Assembly, their [business-related] documents, as Serzh Sarkisian has once put it, are all right.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that it is still not clear whether Russia will agree to lower the price of its natural gas delivered to Armenia. The paper says that Armenian officials negotiating with the Russian side have become much less optimistic on that score in recent days. “They predict that the price will either remain unchanged or go down by only $16 [per thousand cubic meters of Russian gas,]” it writes, adding that such a modest decrease would not necessarily make gas cheaper for Armenian consumers.

(Astghik Bedevian)

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