Pavel Felgenhauer, a Russian military analyst, tells “168 Zham” that Russia would strongly oppose any attempts by Armenia to give the West a major role in the country’s national security system. “There was such an attempt in 2013 and it was thwarted,” he says. “I think that it will not be repeated.”
A German parliamentarian, Albert Weiler, is quoted by “Aravot” saying that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved peacefully and at the same time “slowly but prudently.” Such a settlement, he says, requires major concessions by both parties to the conflict. “A decision must be made with Azerbaijan, not against Azerbaijan,” Weiler says when asked about bellicose statements made by Azerbaijani leaders. “As one of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia can play the role of a good moderator on this issue so that the conflict is best resolved.”
“Zhamanak” comments on Wednesday’s “turmoil” in Armenia’s parliament that marked the passage of a government-drafted amendments calling for fresh structural changes in the country’s judicial system. The paper attributes it to the incompetence of some officials and lawmakers and personal feuds among them. It specifically points the finger at Justice Minister Davit Harutiunian and the chairman of the parliament committee on legal affairs, Hrayr Tovmasian, who are said to dislike each other.
“The demographic situation in Armenia is the most serious problem facing us,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” Citing official statistics, the paper says that the country’s population has shrunk by 14,000 in the past year. It says this is further proof that President Serzh Sarkisian’s target of increasing the population to 4 million by 2040 is not realistic.