ArmInfo. Ukraine is considering the transit possibilities of Armenia with the aim of entering the Iranian market. This was in an interview with ArmInfo on March 6 on the margins of the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA, said Advisor to the President of the Association of International Road Transport of Ukraine Konstantin Savchenko.
"The last time we discussed the possibilities of transport cooperation with Armenia in 2012. It's time to move this issue from the dead end, "he said. In particular, according to Savchenk, the Ukrainian delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine visited the Ministry of Transport, Communications and IT of Armenia for this purpose. Referring to the results of the meeting, Savchenko noted that an agreement had been reached to discuss possible projects related to the creation of a transit corridor. "Carriage of goods through Armenia is the shortest way. The Iranian market is very attractive for Ukraine, in other words, it is an "unpacked field", he remarked. In this vein, the Ukrainian representative noted that today on the agenda in Ukraine is the construction of roads, for which the country is considering the import of bitumen from Iran at more favorable prices.
In addition, Savchenko noted the importance of liberalization of road transport. "Armenia is now working with many countries, why not join Ukraine in their number? In particular, it is possible to create a so-called hub in Yerevan, where a cargo from Europe via Armenia will be delivered to the Iranian market, "he said.
During the meeting of the Ukrainian delegation in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and IT, the participants discussed the possibilities of expanding cargo transportation between the countries, in particular, touched on a number of issues related to the introduction of changes to the agreement signed between the countries in 2007.
TRACECA is a program of international cooperation between the European Union and partner countries on the organization of the transport corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia, which was established in 1993 on the basis of the Brussels Declaration with the participation of Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Soon the program was joined by Moldova, Mongolia and Ukraine; in 2000 - Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, in 2009 - Iran. The TRACECA program consists of various projects, some of which have already been completed by early 2016. Among them - a project to provide technical assistance, uniform for all types of transportation; The project of training of employees of branch departments. The last time in Armenia the meeting was held in 2003.