“Nothing will change in Moscow-Yerevan and Moscow-Baku relations anytime soon,” “168 Zham” quotes Konstantin Kalachev, a Russian political analyst, as saying. Kalachev says that even if Presidents Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan meet on the sidelines of the upcoming nuclear security summit in Washington there will be no major progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. He points to Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s “diametrically opposite” positions on resolving the Karabakh conflict. “Karabakh peace talks are deadlocked,” he adds.
“The authorities seem to be doing everything to bring about broad-based public and political discussions on their new Electoral Code,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “But as Vahram Baghdasarian, the leader of the parliament faction of the ruling Republican Party (HHK), made clear yesterday, they will work with only those forces that see not only negative but also positive things in the Electoral Code.” The pro-opposition daily criticizes this stance.
“Zhamanak” ridicules government data that shows the Armenian economy continuing to grow in the first two months of this year. “The National Statistical Service’s sense of humor or imagination has clearly grown,” comments the paper.