Armenia ready to join Russia for resolving Upper Lars border crossing problem

Armenia ready to join Russia for resolving Upper Lars border crossing problem

YEREVAN, June 5. / ARKA /. Armenian prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan had a telephone conversation today with Russian minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, who is also the Russian co-chairman of the Armenian- Russian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, to discuss reconstruction of some sections of Upper Lars crossing on Russian-Georgian border.

Upper Lars is the only land border crossing that does not go through Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It serves as Armenia’s sole overland route to the former Soviet Union and Europe.

According to the Armenian government press office, Abrahamyan spoke about what could be done to safeguard passenger cars and trucks traveling through the crossing against frequent avalanches and landslides, which block the road for days and even weeks.

Abrahamyan reportedly said that the problem could be resolved by widening the road in places where most avalanches happen.

He was also quoted as saying that Armenia is ready to join the Russian party for the construction work.

Sokolov said the Russian side will create a working group that will make a relevant study within the next month to decide what to do next. -0-

14:51 05.06.2014

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