“Haykakan Zhamanak” sees ambiguities in the Prosperous Armenia Party’s (BHK) decision to join the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) and Zharangutyun party in officially demanding “regime change” in the country. The paper argues that Naira Zohrabian, a top aide to BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian, did not clarify on Monday whether the current Armenian leadership should quit on its own or be forced to so in the face of street protests staged by the three parties. “This nuance is important for understanding the trio’s actions,” it says.
“Zhoghovurd” says it is still not clear what will happen on October 10. Will Armenia sign an accession treaty with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) at a summit in Minsk? And what will the three Armenian opposition parties announce at their October 10 rally in Yerevan? “One gets the impression that neither the political forces nor the people planning to participate in their rally care about the signing of the treaty,” complains the paper. It believes that membership in the Russian-led union is fraught with serious risks for the Armenian economy and Armenian control over Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reacts to President Serzh Sarkisian’s criticism of unspecified members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) which he voiced on Monday at a meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha. “The composition of the Eurasian Union and the CSTO is approximately the same, and in both structures the key players are Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus,” writes the paper. “Russia now enjoys a very good rapport with Azerbaijan, having for years sold offensive weapons to that country. For Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan is a fraternal country. And the president of Belarus stated two days ago that he is ready to support Azerbaijan on all issues and in all possible ways. We think that this is enough to understand the EEU member states’ attitude to the Karabakh issue. We are joining an organization of which at least two members are openly hostile to us on an issue strategically important to us, while another member sells weapons to our enemy.”
Commenting on the same subject, “Hayots Ashkhar” notes that “integration processes” in the former Soviet Union are “taking an unpredictable turn.” The pro-government paper says that Belarus and Kazakhstan are continuing to obstruct Armenia’s entry into the EEU and thereby pleasing Azerbaijan.