“Aravot” predicts that Azerbaijan will launch a “much more large-scale attack” on Nagorno-Karabakh within months or weeks. “I hope that nobody expects Russia, European countries or the United States to do anything to prevent or condemn that attack,” writes the paper’s editor, Aram Abrahamian. “They will call on all parties to stop hostilities. Therefore, our only hope is internal mobilization.” He refers to not only the army but also “Armenia’s entire public and all Armenians of the world.”
“Zhoghovurd” reports on Wednesday’s protest outside the Russian Embassy in Yerevan against Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan. The paper notes that unlike in other, smaller anti-Russian protests staged in the capital, Armenian riot police did not attempt to hamper the demonstration this time around. “They will probably think in Moscow that yesterday’s protest was organized by the government,” it says. It also claims that although only several hundred people marched to the Russian Embassy the vast majority of Armenians backed their demands.
“Zhamanak” reports that the secretary general of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Nikolay Bordyuzha, will arrive in Yerevan on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenian leaders. “Bordyuzha is coming to Yerevan in order to restrain Armenia,” speculates the paper critical of Moscow. It claims that Bordyuzha will not hear strong criticism from his Armenian interlocutors.
“Armenia can overcome this situation only as a [real] state,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “If the authorities have learned this lesson, that’s good. If they have not, they must apologize and resign or be forced to resign by the public. There is no other way out. This is must the main, if not the only, lesson learned by us.”
“For years Serzh Sarkisian based his election campaigns on the assertion that we are not economically well off because we spend a lot of resources on the army,” says “Hraparak.” “He can’t say that anymore. It was a lie. All officials must now be held answerable, prosecuted or demonstratively sacked for their failings.”