“Zhoghovurd” thinks that Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Tuesday seemingly softened his perceived opposition to Armenia’s membership of the Russian-led customs union, even if he expressed reservations relating to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “On the other hand, it is not clear what his ‘special opinion’ is all about and what legal and political ramifications it could have,” writes the paper.
“That Kazakhstan has always had reservations about Armenia’s membership of the Customs Union because of the Karabakh conflict and its position is pro-Azerbaijani is well known,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “That there is uncertainty over whether Armenia is joining the union with or without Karabakh is also well known. Many concerns have been expressed to the effect that in case of Armenia’s entry into the union customs checkpoints could be set up on the border between the two Armenian states. The Armenian authorities try to disprove this. Yesterday, however, Nazarbayev raised the issue explicitly and in writing.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” disapproves of some anti-government activists’ calls for opposition deputies to withdraw from the Armenian parliament in protest against a controversial Russian-Armenian gas deal. “Note that nobody demands that [pro-government] Republican deputies surrender their mandates,” says the paper. “They demand this from the opposition so that the Republicans betray [the nation] in more comfortable conditions.”
Samvel Nikoyan, a Republican deputy, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” Monday’s turmoil in the National Assembly was less scandalous than violent incidents that have taken place in some foreign legislatures. “That may have been an unprecedented phenomenon for our parliament,” says Nikoyan. “But I think that we should not take it as a tragedy or portray it as a momentous event.”