“Zhamanak” notes that Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili spoke of closer political, economic and cultural ties with Armenia but made no mention of security at the start of his official visit to Yerevan on Thursday. The paper says this is noteworthy because security in the South Caucasus has taken on additional significance after the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine. “Georgia and Armenia see their security on different planes,” it says. “Georgia sees real threats from the plane on which Armenia has found itself.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Gharibashvili’s trip is very important in the light of recent geopolitical developments in the region. The paper says the atmosphere during his talks with Armenian leaders and other engagements in Yerevan was visibly “warm.” It also notes that the visit comes amid Georgia’s efforts to implement its Association Agreement with the European Union and Armenia’s plans to join the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.
“Aravot” carries an interview with political analyst Armen Grigorian dedicated to the 24th anniversary of a historic declaration by Armenia’s first post-Communist parliament which reaffirmed its intention to seek independence from the Soviet Union. “Compared with others, Armenia’s citizens have paid a heavy price in the fight for independence and Artsakh’s liberation,” says Grigorian. “Some of the newly independent [ex-Soviet] states were established in peaceful conditions.” He believes that the risk of fresh bloodshed must not deter Armenians from achieving objectives laid out in the 1990 declaration.
“Hraparak” mocks Armenian government ministers who claim significant achievements at ongoing news conferences that are held in connection with their first 100 days in office. The paper claims that their misleading statements are aimed at benefiting Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian.