YEREVAN (Messenger)—Armenia must and can become a transit country in the region and “certain steps” are being taken in that direction, the CEO of the Russian-owned South Caucasus Railway Company, which controls Armenia’s railroads, told a news conference on December 24.
Shaidulin said Armenia is “very well located geographically” to serve as a transit hub for railway transport in the region.
He said the Kars-Gumri railway, which the Russian rail company has been working to repair, should be used for this purpose. “Serious steps had been taken to upgrade this, with the Armenian segment being completely rehabilitated and reconstructed according to international standards,” Shaidulin said.
The Russian rail company set out earlier this year to repair the Kars-Gyumri railroad following the announcement of fence-mending agreements between Armenia and Turkey that will bring about the opening of their common border once ratified.