According to “Aravot,” some Georgian analysts are worried that Russia could one day use its military base in Armenia against Georgia. One of them, Ivlian Khaindrava, tells the paper, “On the one hand, the Russians are giving Azerbaijan S-300 [missiles] and on the other hand, are thereby forcing Armenia to take steps such as the prolongation of the lease on the Russian base in Gyumri. All regional states are thus becoming more dependent on Russia, and unfortunately there is nothing the West can do about that.” He claims that Moscow could use the base in a possible assault on Georgia in the future without even asking for Yerevan’s consent.
Khosrov Harutiunian, a member of the presidential Public Council, praises President Serzh Sarkisian’s foreign policy in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” He claims that Sarkisian is now acting like a “regional leader who bears responsibility for peace in the region and, together with his partner, President Dmitry Medvedev, initiates steps that create favorable conditions for a qualitative new atmosphere of cooperation in the south Caucasus.”
Levon Zurabian, a senior member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Zhamanak” that Russia will not draw any “dividends” from closer cooperation with Armenia’s “corrupt” and “illegitimate” leadership. He says that this is also true for Western powers. “Why are the Armenian people disappointed with the behavior of Western countries? Because the West has failed to show democratic solidarity [with them,]” adds Zurabian.
“Hraparak” reports that students at a secondary school in Yerevan are being illegally forced to wear uniforms in the upcoming academic year. The paper says the school administration has begun collecting money for that purpose from their parents in violation of a ban imposed by the Yerevan municipality. “Your information is not true,” the school principal, Ruzanna Kostanian, is quoted as telling the paper. “No money is being collected in the school. But students will be coming to classes in uniforms.”