YEREVAN, April 14. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused today Azerbaijan of trying to torpedo the process of reopening of transport links in the region and preserving the transport blockade of Armenia.
Speaking in parliament, Pashinyan said that Armenia will work consistently to implement the joint statement signed by the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on January 11, 2021 in Moscow, ‘since Armenia’s strategic task is to establish a railway connection with Russia and Iran as soon as possible.’
“That will mean that we will be able to become a transit transport corridor from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific Ocean,” Pashinyan said.
According to Pashinyan, Azerbaijan will do everything possible to prevent the opening of transport communications, adding that his economic optimism is based on the fact that copper and water resources of are the oil of the 21st century, unlike the crude oil that played a great role in Azerbaijan’s economic growth.
He said Armenia should be able to export not copper ore, but finished products, which has a direct connection with the opening of communications, which will also bring new investments.
“Since 2018 we have been studying the possibilities of accumulating water resources, and on the other hand, we should implement a large program for the accumulation of drinking and irrigation water as some 7 billion cubic meters of water is formed in Armenia, and we can only accumulate a small part of it, ”Pashinyan said.
On January 11, 2021, the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement in Moscow aimed at developing the region and unblocking communications.
In accordance with the document, a trilateral working group was created under the joint chairmanship of the vice-prime ministers of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan – Mher Grigoryan, Alexey Overchuk and Shahin Mustafayev.
The commission is to deal with practical modalities of reopening transport links in the region and also take stock of international treaties concluded within the CIS and with third countries on the implementation of transportations in the region.