ArmInfo. If the land corridor between Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan is activated, Armenia not only will not receive economic dividends from this project, but will further aggravate its own transport blockade. Similar opinion Vahe Davtyan, a member of the political council of the "One Armenia" party, doctor of political sciences, told ArmInfo.
"In my opinion, the commissioning of this corridor will be accompanied by a loss of subjectivity for our country. While ensuring the security of cargo transportation by Armenia will contribute to the trade turnover of the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem. Thus, without receiving a single real dividend, as a result of all this, the role of Armenia will be reduced to an instrument for even greater rapprochement between Baku and Ankara, "he stressed.
In this light, according to the expert, the readiness expressed by Yerevan to ensure the safety of the Azerbaijan-Nakhijevan transport communication is a rather short-sighted approach. First of all, due to the possibility of real integration into it, contained in this project for Armenia. Meanwhile, the latter, according to his estimates, today appears on the agenda only in theory. At the same time, in practical terms, according to Davtyan, it is obvious that within the framework of the trilateral process with the participation of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, Armenia is not even considered as a transit zone.
Commenting on the possibility of Armenia's connection with Russia through the territory of the same Nakhichevan, Davtyan described it as nonsense from the point of view of economic expediency. According to him, the route of Armenian cargo through Nakhichevan, all of Azerbaijan, including Baku, and then the North Caucasus will significantly increase the time of cargo transportation and, accordingly, their cost.
In this light, the expert is convinced that the bulk of cargo transportation from Armenia and to Armenia will continue to be carried out through the Verkhniy Lars checkpoint and the Black Sea ports of Georgia. Accordingly, according to his forecasts, Armenia will not gain anything from the implementation of the projects envisaged by the joint statements of November 9 and January 11. Noting that some are trying to present the deblockade of Armenia as a new opportunity for the economy and the country as a whole, Davtyan stressed that in reality there is absolutely no logistical expediency for Armenia in all this.
It should be noted that earlier in an interview with ArmInfo, the head of the large transport company "Apaven" Gagik Aghajanyan expressed the same position. In his opinion and calculations, the construction of a railway through the Meghri corridor will lead Armenia to a state of complete transport isolation.