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“Zhamanak” says that Armenia’s growing cooperation with China underscored by President Serzh Sarkisian’s state visit to Beijing will hardly upset Russia or the West given the fact that they themselves have important ties with the Chinese leadership. The paper says that closer economic cooperation with China could substantially ease Armenia’s strong economic and perhaps even political dependence on Russia. This is something which Moscow may one day be worried about, it says.

Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” a senior parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), Samvel Nikoyan, defends President Serzh Sarkisian’s criticism of Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan. Nikoyan argues that the United States and France, the two other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, have avoided any arms deals with Baku “because they realize that if you want peace in the conflict zone you must stop supplies of weapons.” “After all, at the heart of our cooperation with Russia is the need to ensure Armenia’s security,” adds Nikoyan.

“Why did we refuse to sign the Association Agreement [with the European Union] and opted for the Eurasian Economic Union instead? Because we primarily took into consideration the national security issue. But if even after that choice of integration path, our national security is not deemed important [by Russia] and if some dubious deals undermining it are cut, how can Armenia’s government and public fail to talk about that?” concludes Nikoyan.

“Aravot” criticizes the Armenian government for handing over a dilapidated 19th century Russian Orthodox church in Gyumri and a 15,000 square-meter plot of land surrounding it to the Russian military stationed in the city. The latter is supposed to build a “spiritual center” there. “Sadly, the people of Gyumri were not consulted before the handover of this property,” comments the paper. It also deplores the fact that the local government budget receives zero revenue from dozens of Russian military facilities located in and around Gyumri.

“Zhoghovurd” complains that starting this year Armenians are no longer allowed to buy anything at duty-free shops of Russian airports because of Armenia’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The paper considers this fact another proof that EEU membership is bad for Armenia.

(Tigran Avetisian)

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