Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:35

    Armenia Keen To Expand Train-Ferry Link To Russia

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    Train-ferry service between Russian and Georgian Black Sea ports is becoming a more attractive route for Russian-Armenian trade, Armenia’s government and Russian-managed rail network insisted on Thursday.

    They said that Georgia has significantly lowered its transit fees for Armenian cargos shipped to and from Poti, one of its two main ports, by rail.

    Transport and Communications Minister Vahan Martirosian referred to Poti’s train-ferry link to Russia’s Port-Kavkaz as a “real alternative” to the Russian-Georgian border crossing at Upper Lars which processes the bulk of Armenia’s cargo traffic with Russia.

    A mountainous road passing through Upper Lars is frequently closed due to blizzards and landslides, causing Armenian companies serious losses. Hundreds of Armenian trucks were left stranded there for over two weeks as recently as in December.

    Visiting Tbilisi last week, Prime Minister Karen Karapetian said Georgia has agreed to create a viable “alternative to the Lars road.” He did not elaborate.

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