YEREVAN, MARCH 29, ARMENPRESS: Russian transport minister Igor Levitin who is also a cochairman of the Russian-Armenian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, said last Saturday that Russia intends to take on lease a railway that connects the Turkish city of Kars with Armenian Gyumri. Used intensively during the Soviet times it stopped working after Turkey imposed a blockade on Armenia.
Levitin attributed Russia’s intention to resume the operation of the railway to the political aspect of the issue, saying its resumption would be several times cheaper than Turkish-Georgian plans to build a new railway from Kars to Georgian Akhalkalaki.
Levitin said talks with the Turkish side are continuing. He said the railway would boost freight flow and would also create hundreds of new jobs.