“Zhamanak” says Gagik Tsarukian has once again disappointed those who have been telling opposition-minded Armenians that his Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is an opposition force. The paper refers to Tsarukian’s participation in official ceremonies that marked Armenia’s Republic Day. “Tsarukian remained silent until after the elections, which ended in absolute victories for Serzh Sarkisian and his HHK,” it says, adding that if there was any ambiguity about the BHK’s status the tycoon eliminated it by standing alongside President Serzh Sarkisian and other state officials.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” sees increased anti-Russian sentiment in Armenia following the drastic rise in the price of Russian natural gas. “That is absolutely justified because the Russians have not treated us well, to say the least,” writes the paper. “But the Armenian authorities decided to use even that situation for propaganda purposes and launched a clearly coordinated campaign with the following basic message: Serzh Sarkisian, as an advocate of our country’s independence, is trying to wrest the country from the claws of the Russian Empire and the more expensive gas is the price our nation must pay for our independence.”
“Neither Russia nor the West is to blame for the situation Armenia is in. Only the Armenian authorities are responsible for this situation. It’s just that Serzh Sarkisian thinks he has found a great excuse for the failures of the last 13 years,” concludes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.”
Vahram Atanesian, a senior Karabakh lawmaker, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian’s latest statements were a major blow to Azerbaijan’s claims that unlike Baku, Yerevan rejects the international mediators’ Basic Principles of resolving the conflict. Atanesian also claims that Baku is again to distort those principles and say Armenian troop withdrawal is the most important of them.
Alexander Duleba, a Slovak political scientist, tells “Aravot” that ongoing negotiations between Armenia and the European Union on the signing of an Association Agreement result from a “strategic choice” made by Yerevan. “It means being part of the European Union’s single market,” he says.