5 Feb 2019 14:34

Armenia open to building corridor to Russia via Abkhazia, S. Ossetia - deputy PM's spokesman

YEREVAN. Feb 5 (Interfax) - Yerevan is open to the possibility of building a transport corridor to Russia via Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Vaan Unanyan, the press secretary of Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, told Interfax.

Representatives of Russia, Georgia, and Switzerland will meet in February to discuss procedures necessary for implementing the 2011 Agreement on the Basic Principles of the Mechanism of Customs Administration and Monitoring of Trade in Goods.

"We will make no comment until the committee meets and there are official results. However, we deem an alternative to Verkhny Lars to be important, as it would have a positive effect on transportation between Armenia and global markets and back," Unanyan said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the press in Yerevan earlier that Russia had a positive view of the implementation of the 2011 agreement with Georgia.