“Zhamanak” believes that the deepening confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine all but precludes a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The paper claims that despite seemingly continuing to work together under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group the United States, Russia and France are now primarily concerned with preventing each other from taking the lead in the Karabakh peace process. “In this situation, it seems practically impossible that the three [Minsk Group] co-chairs could reach a common denominator on a particular variant of a Karabakh settlement,” it says.
“Aravot” sees “excessive” expectations in Armenia from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming talks with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. “In fact, Azerbaijan will continue its attempts to escalate the situation, and that will happen because no international player is interested in a de-escalation of the situation,” editorializes the paper. “True, they are not interested in a full-scale war either.” It says that Russia is especially disinterested in Karabakh peace. The paper also says that by failing to publicly blame Azerbaijan for ceasefire violations foreign powers give Baku the blank check to heighten tensions. “And Azerbaijan makes use of this opportunity,” it says.
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) seems to be again gaining momentum. The paper says that the Russian government on Thursday discussed a draft accession treaty with Armenia and was due to submit it to Putin for approval. “Having been cornered by the West because of the crisis in Ukraine, Russia will now be trying hard to establish the EEU and thereby show the world that it can still pull the strings,” it says.
In an interview with “Hraparak,” political commentator Suren Zolian predicts that the presidents of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will issue “some fuzzy statement” after Saturday’s talks in Sochi. “Russia is today unable to attain its geopolitical goals in the South Caucasus,” he says. “But in a tactical sense it will remind [the world] that it controls the existing levers. In any case, that is good because it will somehow stabilize this situation.”