In a commentary on the 22nd anniversary of a declaration of independence adopted by Armenia’s first post-Communist parliament, “Zhoghovurd” accuses successive governments in Yerevan of “squandering all achievements of our independence.” “Things have come to a point where the Russians are now regarding Armenia as their outpost which they can handle in any way, while the West is dictating its conditions without taking into account Armenia’s interests,” says the paper.
“Russia is not making secret of the fact that the Eurasian Union has become the cornerstone of its foreign policy,” writes “Zhamanak.” “This situation is leaving Armenia’s political forces with a need to reveal themselves. The stronger the Russian pressure over the Eurasian Union issue becomes, the more those forces will be forced to clarify their positions and speak up.” That clarification is needed by the Armenian public, rather than Moscow, says the paper. It claims that at least two of those forces, the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK), are “operating within the Russian orbit. “Russia is demanding a clear statement only from our authorities, which have until now spoken of their determination to move towards the European Union,” concludes “Zhamanak.”
Speaking to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” Naira Zohrabian, a senior BHK representative, declines to clarify her party’s intentions regarding the February 2013 presidential election. “Any attempts to clinch more information about this with various subtexts, various ludicrous theories and various unserious articles will get the same response,” says Zohrabian. “Prosperous Armenia will speak up when it finds convenient to do so.”
“Hraparak” points out that HAK representatives are similarly reluctant to speculate on Ter-Petrosian’s participation in the presidential ballot. “Even though Ter-Petrosian’s intention is not known, his entourage is inclined to persuade its leader to run for president again,” says the paper. “They in the HAK say that if Levon Ter-Petrosian does not run then that structure will finally collapse. This claim is highly realistic. The problem is that there have never been any common ideological or even personal features among various HAK members and Levon Ter-Petrosian’s personality and a belief in his infallibility is what unites them.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” Ruben Tadevosian, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), rebukes other political groups for “neglecting” the upcoming local elections. “Either they have no resources or are scared or simply come up with a myriad justifications for not participating in this extremely serious process,” he says.