Lragir.am says that Russian borders guards have still not come up with their version of events regarding the recent shooting of a Turkish man who crossed into Armenia in unclear circumstances. They have yet to elaborate on their unofficial claims that the Turk opened fire at Russian soldiers before being shot and killed by them. The online publication points out that Turkish shepherds frequently crossed the Armenian border but were not shot in the past. It links the deadly incident to Russian concerns about the forthcoming Association Agreement between Armenia and the European Union. It cites Russia’s former ambassador to Armenia, Vyacheslav Kovalenko, as noting earlier this week that the agreement has provisions regarding border security.
“Aravot” reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Azerbaijan next week. “In this situation, Armenia seems to be confronting the Kremlin face to face,” writes the paper. "On the one hand, [Russian Prime Minister Dmitry] Medvedev is openly telling Georgia what it should expect if it joins NATO. On the other hand, he is making a Eurasian integration invitation … The Kremlin’s messages are also clearly addressed to official Yerevan in advance of the deepening of [Armenia’s] relations with the EU. Just how the Armenian authorities will cope with Russian pressure is difficult to predict. That they must do that is out of question.”
“Zhoghovurd” adds it voice to condemnations of the Yerevan municipality’s decision to hire a private firm for collecting car parking fees in the city. The paper claims that that company is owned by a friend of President Serzh Sarkisian’s. “They have decided to appropriate the streets as well and turn Yerevan residents into tenants in their own home,” it says. “Of course, paid parking lots exist all over the world. But it’s hard to see in any country a picture that exists in Armenia, where 70 percent of revenue from parking is to end up into the pockets of the president’s friend.”