“Aravot” carries a scathing editorial about Armenia’s political class and its motivations. “One can’t pin much hope on [Armenian] politicians,” writes the paper. “Putting aside their nice phrases, their dialogue can be summed up as follows: ‘You have plundered enough, let us plunder too.’ ‘No, we won’t let you.’ ‘Are you any better than us?’ When you try to ask them a question about the future of our country, they even take offense, as if saying, ‘What a secondary question are you asking now that we are addressing vital issues?’”
“Hraparak” is bewildered by what it sees as irrational steps taken by the Armenian authorities. The paper points to their conduct of last month’s parliamentary by-election in Yerevan, the seven-year prison sentence given to opposition leader Nikol Pashinian and the removal of opposition deputy Zaruhi Postanjian from the Armenian delegation in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). It says international bodies like the PACE will inevitably bring the authorities to task for this.
“Zhamanak” carries an interview with Steven Sestanovich, a former senior U.S. State Department official who now teaches at New York’s Columbia University. Sestanovich casts doubt on Russia’s commitment to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “If Russia wants to restore its credibility after the war unleashed against Georgia, there couldn’t be a better occasion,” he is quoted as saying. While doubting that Iran can play a “positive role” in the Karabakh negotiating process, Sestanovich says the Islamic Republic should not be accused of obstructing peace in the region.
Deputy parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the latest developments are vindicating the foreign policy-related statements made by President Serzh Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian. “See, even Turkey’s prime minister is now saying that the process followed a wrong path right from the beginning. That is, to Turkeys’ detriment,” claims Nikoyan. “The guy is openly admitting that [Ankara’s] efforts to link the ratification of the [Turkish-Armenian] protocols with Karabakh and suspend the genocide recognition process have produced no results … This is the result of our flexible foreign policy.”
“Azg” accuses Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip of increasingly inflating the number of Armenian illegal immigrants in Turkey to mislead the international community on his country’s attitude to Armenia and the Armenian people. The paper says there are only some 12,000 Armenians, and not 100,00 as was claimed by Erdogan on Sunday, illegally living and working in Turkey. The estimate is taken from a study conducted by the U.S. Eurasia Partnership Foundation last year.