“Zhoghovurd” complains that the Armenian authorities remain reluctant to publicly criticize Russia for selling large quantities of weapons to Azerbaijan. “How many more Armenian soldiers will have to die before our authorities realize that the more they bow to the Russians the more they will be ignored,” writes the paper. “After all, Russia is a major world power that looks ahead. That the [Russian-led] Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is no longer regarded as a real guarantor of Armenia’s security and will not defend Armenia if need be is now evident to everyone and Azerbaijan in particular … For Armenia, the CSTO is primarily a possibility to acquire military hardware at low prices. But it must not be overestimated.”
“168 Zham” claims that the Russians would not mind seeing the resumption of the Nagorno-Karabakh war for the sake of pushing Azerbaijan into the Russian orbit. The paper says that they are ready to help Azerbaijan make some territorial gains in return preventing its closer ties with the West.
“Aravot” dismisses claims about an anti-Russian campaign conducted in Armenia pro-Western media and civic and political circles. “I personally am unhappy with the policy of our government, rather than Russia,” writes the paper’s editor, Aram Abrahamian. “Does Russia contribute to our security today? Is Russia bringing with it [high] civilizational, cultural or technological standards that are needed by Armenia in the 21st century? Will the Eurasian and customs unions be helping us achieve our national objectives? The Armenian authorities say yes in response to these questions. I disagree with them, not Russia, which I continue to consider a friendly state. It’s just that not all of your friends can give you what you need now.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reports that the son of Ara Kotanjian, an adviser to Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian, was arrested on Wednesday after firing gunshots in a dispute reported late last week. The paper notes that the children of other, more powerful officials have avoided prosecution for more serious offenses.