YEREVAN, December 20. /ARKA/. Arthur Ataev, senior research associate at Russia’s Institute for Strategic Studies, said in his online interview with Novosti-Armenia that the Abkhasian railway is unlikely to be opened soon.
“This is not feasible in the short term and may be in the long term as well,” he said. “Abkhazia’s stance is mixed.”
More than that – the project needs so much investment that even large geopolitical players can’t afford to embark on it.
“I recently attended an event where a study on this problem was presented,” he said. “Some sections of this railway are missing and some other parts need dismantlement. This is a very expensive regional project.”
Bidzina Ivanishvili, a former prime minister of Georgia, spoke about some possibility to restore this railway link as visited Yerevan in January 2013.
The idea of opening the Abkhasian railway, which is very significant for Armenia, was discussed also by Armenian and Russian presidents, Serzh Sargsyan and Vladimir Putin in Moscow on September 3.
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