“Haykakan Zhamanak” looks at the “internal political meaning” of Wednesday’s phone call between Serzh Sarkisian and Vladimir Putin which it says was the most important thing for the Armenian president. The paper speculates that Serzh Sarkisian wanted to “check whether he has serious problems in relations with Russia” in the light of growing cooperation among Armenia’s four main opposition parties, virtually all of them loyal to Moscow.
“Zhamanak” notes that unlike Sarkisian’s press office, the Kremlin said nothing about the content of their discussion of developments in Crimea. A Kremlin statement made no reference to people’s self-determination or the UN charter cited by the Armenian side. The paper suggests that this means “during the phone conversation Russia did not get what it would have liked to get from Armenia.” “Namely, the recognition of the referendum in Crimea,” it says. “This is encouraging.” It says the statement by Sarkisian’s office hinted that the phone call was “somewhat contradictory.” “In other words, Russia did not manage to clinch from Armenia unconditional support on the Crimea issue,” concludes “Zhamanak.”
“168 Zham” says that Putin’s government is trying to its extend its media “censorship” to online media and social networks as part of its drive to recreate the former Soviet Union. The paper claims that the Kremlin will attempt to spread similar restrictions on press freedom in other former Soviet republics, including Armenia.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the Armenian authorities are worried about the four opposition parties’ plans to jointly seek a parliamentary vote of no confidence in the government next month. The paper points out that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian on Wednesday offered to embark on a dialogue with leaders of a pressure group campaigning against his government’s controversial pension reform.