In a commentary on Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian’s latest visit to Tehran, “Zhamanak” says that Armenia and Iran have had “many common interests,” including on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, ever since the Soviet collapse. “But despite these common interests and the practically trouble-free neighborhood with Iran, Armenian-Iranian contacts have not been very intensive,” complains the paper. “Armenian-Iranian meetings should have now been taking place at various levels and quite intensively. But in effect, we are seeing uncertainties instead.” Armenia’s broader foreign policy itself is mired in uncertainty at the moment, it says.
“Aravot” says that both Russia and the West resort to lies in their deepening confrontation over Ukraine. Nor does the Ukrainian government tell the truth about the increasingly bloody crisis in the country, the paper claims. It also says that Russia’s victory in the crisis would be good for Armenia in the short term and bad in the long run.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments scathingly on stronger government support for Armenian farmers that has been promised by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian. “At last, our villagers will not be left alone; the prime minister of the Republic of Armenia will now stand by them,” writes the paper. It notes that Abrahamian’s predecessor, Tigran Sarkisian, gave virtually identical promises during his six-year tenure. “Nevertheless, the villagers have continued to accumulate [unpaid] agricultural loans,” it says. “They have had to go abroad for seasonal work in order to be able to repay them. Technological innovations are not introduced in the villages. The efficiency of farming is extremely low.”
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Armen Rustamian, a leader of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) makes the case for Armenia’s transformation into a parliamentary republic. Rustamian dismisses the argument that a country remaining in a de facto state of war is inherently unfit for the parliamentary system of governance. Besides, collective governance is better suited for the Armenian national character, according to Rustamian.