Armenia’s transport and communication minister, Andranik Margarian, told a briefing on July 14 that the construction of Kars-Akhalkalak railway is not desirable for Armenia, and the latter is doing everything to prevent its construction. Manukian stated particularly that he underscored in his speech during the meeting with transport ministers of European states that there is already a constructed railway, which can be studied and rehabilitated. The minister said that opening of the Kars-Akhalkalak railway will make Armenia’s blockade complete. Given Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia trying to get money from the EU, it was important to raise that issue before the European structures, Manukian said. He reminded of EU’s TRASECA project, which does not mention Kars-Akhalkalak railway but instead, the Gyumri-Kars railway.
By Ara Martirosian