Newsfeed

Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine intends to increase output by 10% in 2016

Australian Senator delivers a speech in Senate, supporting independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

Republican: Control Chamber of Armenia will be changed into Audit Chamber

Adam Schiff urges James Warlick to abandon false parity in Karabakh problem

Adversary fired at Armenian positions from rocket-artillery systems overnight

Arman Tatoyan: I will be able to withstand pressure on the post of Ombudsperson

Ralph Yirikian's personal support to people living in borderland village of Khachik

New Armenia Front urges world community to impose sanctions on Armenia's government

INECOBANK explains: One of key prerequisites of merger with ProCredit Bank was similarity of corporate governance culture and availability of professional teams

Vache Gabrielyan's brother-in-law arrested for bribery attempt

Yerevan: Ankara's statements that Vatican renounces Pope's April address have nothing to do with the reality

Andrzej Kasprzyk's powers prolonged for one more year

Indonesia facilitates visa regime for citizens of Armenia

Anelik Bank increases number of its branches to 15 by opening a new "Erebuni" branch in Yerevan

Rostelecom provides Nubarashen boarding school No.2 with IP television

Slovak lawmaker says he will keep supporting Armenians in Armenia's dispute with Turkey and Azerbaijan

Armenian Deputy Minister of Justice Arman Tatoyan is RPA's candidate for Ombudsman

Oppositionist: High petroleum prices in Armenia are result of criminal monopoly

Car of villager in Armenia fired by Azerbaijani Armed Forces

Minister names address of rebuilt Afrikyans' building

Nikol Pashinyan calls for government to investigate rumors about Samvel Aleksanyan's smuggling activities

C-bond publishes rating of Armenian underwriters

President's brother: Serzh Sargsyan intends to remain one of the country's major decision-makers

New political force being set up in Armenia

Vice-Speaker of Armenian Parliament: Baku's efforts to introduce element of inter-religious conflict to Karabakh problem are unallowable

Edward Nalbandian: Armenian diplomats did everything possible to prevent adoption of PACE reports by Walter and Markovic

Edward Nalbandian: Meeting with OSCE MG Co-Chairs will take place in the next few days

Armenian Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijani authorities take it a step further and accuse MG Co-Chairs in Islamophobia

ANC again applied to authorities demanding to accept its proposals on improvement of Armenia's electoral system

Regional

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenia seeks restoration of direct railway communication between Georgia and Russia via Abkhazia

  • by Marianna Mkrtchyan

  • Friday, June 20, 10:55

 Armenia seeks restoration of direct railway communication linking Georgia and Russia via the territory of Abkhazia, but is no 'serious talk' on that topic so far, Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan told Rustavi-2 TV, Novosti-Gruzia reports.  The Armenian president is on an official visit to Georgia these days. 

"However, we want that railway to function. It is of vital importance for us," Serzh Sargsyan said.  Nevertheless, the president said, opening of the railway does not depend on Armenia and Russia only. "It depends also on other countries, therefore we are actively working on the issue," he said.  Earlier, on Wednesday, Georgia's State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality Paata Zakareishvili commented on the statement by Vladimir Yakunin who urged more specific efforts on opening of the railway communication via Abkhazia and Georgia to Armenia. Zakareishvili said that the issue is not discussed so far, though it may become a subject for discussion in future between Georgia and Russia, particularly, between Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for the relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze and Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin.  

According to the study "Rehabilitation of the railways in the South Caucasus" issued by the International Alert British NGO, the potential costs of rehabilitating the South Caucasus railways, in particular the Sochi-Sukhum/i-Tbilisi-Yerevan railway, will totaled $277.5 mln, which can be returned in 100 years no sooner.

Restoration of the 190km section Psou-Inguri will cost $251 million. The Inguri-Zugdigi section will cost $26.5 million dollars. The section from Zugdigi to Tbilisi and farther to Yerevan needs no repair.  It is noteworthy that Abkhazian experts estimate rehabilitation of the railway at $350-$400 million.  Meanwhile, Georgian experts claim that the project will cost some $73 million.

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields