(Saturday, June 14)
“Zhamanak” reports that Andrzej Kasprzyk, the top OSCE official responsible for monitoring ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, has said that increased Armenian-Azerbaijani truce violations are making the work of his team increasingly dangerous. The paper speculates that there may be other reasons for Kasprzyk’s warning. “Kasprzyk’s statement may mean that the OSCE’s monitoring institution is washing its hands to pull out of the Armenian-Azerbaijani ‘line of contact’ and leave the conflicting parties one on one. And this could have far-reaching ramifications.”
“Zhoghovurd” is also puzzled by the statement, arguing that deadly ceasefire violations have occurred for the past 20 years and that there is nothing unusual about them. The paper says that further developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process could soon expose its possible “secret subtext.”
“168 Zham” says that with his scandalous statements made in Yerevan Russian TV journalist Dmitry Kiselyov highlighted the primitive and ineffective nature of Russia’s state propaganda machine. The paper says that their main purpose was to test Armenia’s resilience to Russian blackmail and at the same time demonstrate the Kremlin’s lack of respect for the country. It says that Armenia used to be “offended” by more high-ranking Russians.
“Aravot” similarly believes that Russia and its propaganda mouthpieces are behaving disrespectfully towards other ex-Soviet republics, including Armenia. The paper says that this tactic is only backfiring, alienating more and more people that have been sympathetic to Russia and its heritage until now. “Every time the Kremlin’s officials, emissaries, diplomats, pundits and journalists speak about my country and people with disdain and threaten us with statements like ‘if we don’t support you, the Turks will kill you’ … I become alarmed about our security, language and culture and I want to protect them against any inroads,” writes Aram Abrahamian, the “Aravot” editor.