“Zhamanak” believes that Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is “absolutely incapable” of taking on the government despite its growing cooperation with the country’s leading opposition parties. “The BHK may threaten, may do anything to put the [ruling] HHK in a difficult situation, but it will never fight a decisive battle,” writes the paper. “If Tsarukian had a little courage he would not have denied just hours after this week’s BHK-HAK meeting a HAK representative’s claim that they discussed the issue of ousting Serzh Sarkisian.”
“Why are the BHK leaders afraid of openly blaming Serzh Sarkisian for the government’s vices?” continues “Zhamanak.” “After all, he is the president, he is the one who forms the government. If the prime minister is bad, it’s Serzh Sarkisian who doesn’t change him. So why would it be illogical [from the BHK’s perspective] to lay the blame on Sarkisian? The BHK apparently suffers from a Dashnaktsutyun syndrome. Dashnaktsutyun too was pathologically scared of attacking Serzh Sarkisian.”
“Zhoghovurd” notes that President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, a member of the Russian-led Customs Union, has publicly voiced support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity violated by Moscow. “Thus, it can be concluded that there are disagreements, so far unpublicized, among the three Customs Union member states,” comments the paper. “They could sour and even sever their relations later on.” In this situation, it says, the Armenian authorities could and should have “dragged out” the process of Armenia’s accession to the union. But they are doing the opposite, complains the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” likewise believes that Armenia must now cash in on Russia’s “troubles” related to Ukraine and diversify its geopolitical options by initiating the construction of a new pipeline that would carry Iranian natural gas to Europe via Armenia and Georgia. The paper says such a pipeline would also reduce Georgia’s dependence on Azerbaijani gas and thereby “open up new horizons for Armenian-Georgian cooperation.” “This could seriously change Armenia’s strategic position,” it says.