“Aravot” writes in its editorial that what happened in Ukraine and Georgia and is likely to happen in other post-Soviet countries is not democratization but “getting rid from Russian influence.”
Regarding a possible revolution in Azerbaijan editor Aram Abrahamian writes: “The young man who will come to power (in Azerbaijan) will first of all declare that he is the “beacon of democracy” in the South Caucasus and that his primary goal is to spread that democracy to Nagorno Karabakh. Thus, Azerbaijan will get a great advantage over Armenia which will be viewed as an un-revolutionized and therefore backward country.” “It is better if there is no revolution in Azerbaijan, at least before us,” the editor of “Aravot” concludes.
In a “Haykakan Zhamanak” interview, HHSh Board Chairman Ararat Zurabian notes: “We recognize only constitutional methods of struggle and reject any kind of revolution. I am against the forcible toppling of the current regime as I think that the process of power change must be through elections.”
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” reprinted the interview of Nagorno Karabakh’s defense minister with the “Realniy Azerbaijan” paper in which Seyran Ohanian denies the existence of illegal trafficking across the Iran-Karabakh border. According to him, it was repeatedly stated in U.S. State Department reports that it is via Azerbaijan’s territory that one of the channels of international narcotics mafia passes. “Both in the zone of Karabakh-Azeri contact and in the section of the border with Iran Karabakh forces duly control the situation, which absolutely rules out any possibility of illegal trafficking.”
In “168 Zham”, speaking about regional projects, AZhM leader Vazgen Manukian emphasizes: “We must admit it as a fact that communications bypass Armenia.”
“Hayots Ashkharh”, in its turn, discussing the simultaneous visits of Armenia’s foreign minister and Turkey’s prime minister to the United States, writes: “A situation has emerged when Washington can get concessions from the Turkish leadership regarding the improvement of its relations with Armenia in exchange for assistance expected from it.” According to “Hayots Ashkharh”, “after all it is suitable for Turkey to make these concessions today rather than wait until they become preconditions set to it by the European Union.”
Discussing the release of six Armenian pilots from African jail, “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes: “A struggle has begun between Armenia’s official circles and Russian-Armenian businessman Ara Abrahamian to share the laurels of the release of Armenian pilots.” Ara Abrahamian told the paper that the government’s interference only created additional financial and other difficulties for him. “I am offended only by the fact that this case, which could really become another step proving the unity among the nation, homeland and its Diaspora is subjected to inappropriate speculation,” says Ara Abrahamian, adding that he will bring the pilots from Moscow to Armenia and with them will be a representative of Equatorial Guinea who speaks Russian and that the latter will say who did what for the release of the Armenian pilots.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamlet Gasparian replies: “The state simply does not find it appropriate to engage in disputes with separate individuals over this matter. Therefore, we do not comment on Ara Abrahamian’s actions.”
Meanwhile, “Azg” published the letter of thanks of the pilots’ families addressed to Ara Abrahamian.
Reporting that mountaineers of Armenia, Turkey and Iran climbed the southern top of Mount Aragats, “Azg” quotes the head of the Turkish mountaineering group: “We understand well that it is merely a sporting event, but I want to hope that it will have its contribution to the matter of smoothing over the differences between Armenia and Turkey.”
The paper adds that in recent years Armenian mountaineers repeatedly asked Turkish authorities to allow them to climb Mount Ararat alone or together with Turkish mountaineers, but their applications were rejected every time.