“Haykakan Zhamanak” sees striking similarities between foreign policies pursued by President Serzh Sarkisian and his deposed Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovich, pointing to abrupt changes in their geopolitical orientations. The paper also points out that Yanukovich has had a warm personal rapport with Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian. “They often visited one another as personal guests,” it says. “Sarkisian and Tsarukian even competed with each other over whose guest Yanukovich will be in Armenia.” The paper says parallels between Tsarukian and Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili drawn by opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian are therefore misplaced. The BHK leader has a lot more in common with Ukraine’s ousted president, it says.
“Aravot” is also scathing about Ter-Petrosian’s remark. “It is sad to see that Tsarukian and [Robert] Kocharian are now the main hope of the truly powerful, capable and popular [opposition] movement that emerged in 2008,” editorializes the paper.
“Hraparak” quotes Karine Achemian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), as saying that the dramatic events in Ukraine should show opposition forces in other countries that an anti-government revolution is a bad thing. The paper brushes aside that argument.
According to “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun,” another HHK lawmaker, Ashot Aghababian, has blamed popular discontent in Armenia on opposition forces that, in his words, “plundered” the country when they were in power. The paper considers this a swipe at Ter-Petrosian and the political team that governed Armenia in the 1990s. It says that Aghababian, who worked at a Communist Party canteen before the Soviet collapse, himself prospered and made a fortune during that period.
“Hayots Ashkhar” stands by its view that Armenia cannot afford the kind of unrest that happened in March 2008 because Azerbaijan could launch a military offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh. The paper recalls that an Azerbaijani army unit attacked a Karabakh Armenian outpost just two days after the 2008 violence in Yerevan.