“Yerkir” notes Russia’s ‘unprecedented haste and nervousness’ to get some essential results in the Karabakh conflict settlement.
“Through unofficial channels Moscow expresses its deep disappointment over the failure to make progress at the latest round of Armenian-Azerbaijani talks hosted by Russia, then it is announced that the Russian president in fact set an ultimatum to his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, warning that he would be willing to host another trilateral meeting only if the parties guaranteed the signing of a framework document,” writes the paper, concluding: “Such a feverish attitude shown by Moscow is first of all conditioned by the West’s attitude towards the fruitless talks in Kazan.”
“Zhamanak” slams the authorities in Armenia and Russia for their ‘untalented’ policies that it claims have resulted in a disgraceful relation where only the elites see the benefits.
“After Armenia gained independence Russia has been discrediting itself more and more in the eyes of the Armenian public and in recent years the situation has turned into an utter disgrace. At present, people in Armenia perhaps still continue to view Russia as the most trusted country, but this must be a relative trust that steadily tends to decline, especially among the younger generation,” the paper concludes.
In an interview with “Aravot” Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) Bureau representative Hrant Markarian stops short of rejecting the idea of forming a ‘new pole’ in time for next year’s parliamentary polls. But the parliamentary party’s leader says that such a pole should be formed around such issues as ‘the conduct and philosophy of elections.’
“So that a moral norm be formed when people vote by their conviction and not for an election bribe or out of fear. This is the issue around which a pole must be formed, this is what we advocate,” Markarian stresses.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” sees an ongoing indirect dialogue between the government and the opposition, but it describes it as an odd one.
“The opposition Armenian National Congress says the economic situation in Armenia is catastrophic, life is unbearable, the country is losing its population…and that drastic steps are needed and that it know the key to solutions. And the government acknowledges the existing problems, says they are, too, greatly concerned about emigration, explains that external inflationary pressures do not allow them to stabilize the situation, but they are trying to do something and perhaps will succeed one day.”
The paper adds: “One of the peculiarities of this dialogue is that it leaves out Dashnaktsutyun, Zharangutyun (Heritage) and several other smaller parties that keep making noise and asking: ‘And what about us?’”