“Zhoghovurd” reports that Azerbaijan tried to use the occasion of the Istanbul summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation to again raise the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh. “No doubt, Azerbaijan’s practice to use any platform to raise the Karabakh issue sometimes gets on other countries’ delegations’ nerves, something that representatives of Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs often like to point out. But who has said that acting this way is less efficient? After all, there is a good saying: a baby that does not cry does not get to be fed. And Azerbaijan is doing exactly that with consistency that can be envied and, in any case, with efficiency. And what is the Armenian side doing besides proudly showing its disregard?” the daily says.
“Zhamanak” focuses on internal political developments. The paper writes: “Even the Chinese system, which seems to be living in quite an autonomous regime, without being influenced by the outside world, ensures its stability through clear mechanisms of changing its elites. These mechanisms are not democratic, but China’s party elite gets changed every decade. Last week we made sure that Armenia has only formally switched to a parliamentary form of government, while in reality it has created a system centered round just one person where all political institutions and entities and their interrelations serve for the purpose of one person’s power and [president] Serzh Sarkisian and power have become synonymous. And this is the consequence of Armenia’s constitutional reform. For the country to have a prospect of development Sarkisian must be removed.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes that even after losing his post former parliament speaker Galust Sahakian continues to go around with his bodyguards. But he tells media that they are not bodyguards, but press workers. “Of course, they are press workers. Let someone try to step in Galust Sahakian’s way – they will catch them immediately and ‘take an interview’,” the paper writes with irony.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” writes: “Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and his Turkish counterpart Mehmet Simsek yesterday signed a document in Istanbul about lifting bilateral restrictions in mutual trade. The decision by Russia to ban the import of certain Turkish products made quite a positive impact on Armenia’s economy. First, some businesses managed to organize “re-export” of certain Turkish goods to Russia, labeling them as Armenian goods. But the most positive impact was that Armenian products, even though on a small scale, managed to take the place of certain Turkish products removed from the Russian market. After the lifting of the embargo Turkish producers will seek to re-conquer their niches on the Russian market and it is very likely that Armenian producers will lose their positions.”