Writing on Armenia’s Army Day, a public holiday marked on Wednesday, “Hayots Ashkhar” describes the Armenian military as “the most important and viable structure which we have managed to create in more than two decades that followed the restoration of our independence.” “Everyone who can’t imagine themselves without Armenia has made a certain contribution to the formation, development and successful functioning of our army,” writes the paper. It pays tribute to Armenian soldiers guarding the border with Azerbaijan and “the line of contact” around Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The leaders of some of our neighboring states do not make secret of the fact that their aim is to eliminate Armenians from this region,” writes “Aravot.” “When they take actions in that direction we must eliminate their perpetrators. The more the better. There is no other option. Otherwise, they would wipe us out. That is why we have a state and an army. We don’t need excessive pacifism here.”
“Zhamanak” urges Armenians to remember not only soldiers killed in action but also those who have died in various non-combat incidents. “This too is a very serious challenge to national security,” writes the paper. “For such incidents probably cause greater damage our armed forces, security, defense and, most importantly, public trust in the army.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reports on traders’ renewed protests in Yerevan against a controversial tax law which they say would hit them hard. “On the one hand, the government has a point,” says the paper. “Everyone has for years spoken about the need to bring the economy out of the shadow and lower taxes. But on the other hand, owners of small and medium-sized firms are well aware of all specificities of doing business in Armenia.” The paper backs their arguments that they would have trouble providing tax authorities with documentary evidence of their transactions with wholesale suppliers.
Those suppliers are said to routinely refuse to issue any receipts in order to evade taxes. “Who has given the big firms such privileges?” “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” asks and gives an answer: the presidential administration.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that membership in the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has created “new obstacles” to Armenia’s trade with neighboring Iran. The paper argues that the Armenian customs service will now have to collect substantially higher duties from a large part of Iranian imports. It notes that Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif declined to comment on this issue at a news conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on Tuesday.