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There are many alternatives to the Zangezur Corridor

18 / 08 / 2022

On August 15, at the transport conference of developing countries held in Turkmenistan, Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Rostam Ghasemi announced that Iran, as a developing country in the transit sector, is ready to meet the transit requirements of 8 countries in the region. Moreover, what has been said refers to both landlocked countries and other countries of the region. 

“A quarter of the 32 landlocked developing countries, i.e. 8 countries, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, have close bilateral and multilateral transit cooperation with Iran,” the minister said.  

According to the minister, this means that Iran and other countries in the region have taken on a part of the obligations of the international community to reduce the threshold of vulnerability of landlocked countries and help them reduce trade costs and facilitate their access to the world market. 

Once again, we make sure that in order to have access to the world market and achieve economic success, it is not at all necessary for Armenia to become a bridge of Pan-Turanism and to provide its sovereign territory for the construction of the “Zangezur Corridor”, which is a direct threat to the territorial integrity of Armenia and Armenian-Iranian border security. If we lose the border with Iran, which is of vital importance for us, we will be completely surrounded by the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem, which poses an existential threat to us. 

The de-facto authorities of Armenia, who refuse every scenario of truly safe development of Armenia, will not pay special attention to this opportunity, too. And to assume that such profitable opportunities will make them back down from ceding the sovereignty of Syunik and becoming a participant in the criminal project of “Zangezur Corridor” is at least naive. 

It is at least naive to assume that such beneficial opportunities will make the de-facto authorities of Armenia back down on ceding the sovereignty of Syunik and becoming a participant in the criminal project of “Zangezur Corridor”. 


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