“Zhamanak” observes that the events in Ukraine where mass protests are taking place in support of the country’s European integration are “infectious” for all former Soviet countries that Russia tries to keep at bay through blackmail and threats. “Naturally, parallels are being drawn with the situation in Armenia that gave up much earlier than Ukraine. But no such mass protests have taken place in Armenia,” the paper notes.
On the same subject the editor of “Aravot” writes: “No serious protests took place in Armenia after Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian’s September 3 volte-face on the Association Agreement with the European Union. And now that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has decided to suspend the process on the EU accord tens of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets in their cities and towns. [Opposition activist] Shant Harutiunian was the only one seriously challenged the decision by staging a protest that, in my view, contained the right message, but had an improper form.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” suggests that preparations for certain “actions of trouble-making character” might be underway in Armenia ahead of the approaching EU Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Armenia. “One cannot exclude that one and the same center located outside the country, using different groups, might attempt to instigate clashes and confrontation and create internal instability, something that we can see in Ukraine today. Though there are a number of essential differences between the events taking place in Kiev today and the situation in Armenia,” the daily writes.
“168 Zham” comments on the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached over the weekend by the Islamic Republic and six leading world powers as well as its implications for Armenia: “It is obvious that the normalization of relations between our immediate neighbor and the international community, in particular, the West, could create serious opportunities for Armenia, both politically and, first of all, economically. The matter concerns both using Iran as a transit territory for Armenian goods and becoming a transit country for Iranian goods, and, most importantly, the possibility to deepen the already existing relations with Iran in the energy sector. But as always it will be up to Russia, rather than the government of Armenia, to decide, since after the September 3 announcement by Armenia [about its joining the Moscow-led customs union] the country has yielded the right of making decisions concerning Armenia to other states.”