YEREVAN, September 11. /ARKA/. Armenia may take advantages of the Eurasian corridor that Russia has proposed to open if the railroad stretching across Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia opens, Aram Safaryan, head of an NGO called Integration and Development, said Wednesday in Novosti International Press Center. The Russia-proposed corridor stretches from its Far East region to the European Union’s border.
“Specialists have calculated that if this corridor works properly, in accordance with its technical and economic regulations, cargo transportation from the Far East to Europe will take less time, up to 50 days, in the future thanks to immense government investments, and it may become cheaper,” Safaryan said.
“But only the opening of the Abkhazian section of the railway would give this advantage to Armenia.”
Safaryan said if the Abkhazian railway starts functioning, it would benefit Armenia’s trade with Russia and its partners.
“China is our second biggest trade partner after Russia, and the first partner, if gas component is not taken into account. Our trade turnover amounted to almost $500 million in 2012.”
Safaryan also said that prices for Chinese goods may be other, if the Abkhazian section is opened.
“The status of observer at Shanghai Cooperation Organization will become reasonable if we solve important problems within the Commonwealth of Independent States,” he said.
In his words, specialists find prospects for the opening very high given political processes in Georgia. ---0---