ArmInfo.Unlocking economic ties and transport communications are beneficial to all the parties.
This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrei Rudenko in an interview with the Moscow-Baku news agency, answering the question of what are the results of the meetings of the Working Group on unblocking transport and economic ties. The diplomat stressed that the South Caucasus suffered for a long time - and still suffers - from mutual blockades, the inability to establish normal cooperation. "Today there are signs that we are moving in the right direction. Transport corridors and economic communications should open and develop in all azimuths, tying the countries of the region into a single regional network.
In this regard, we positively assess the first results of the activities of the Trilateral Working Group under the co-chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Within the framework of this mechanism, all possible transportation routes are considered and analyzed. This is a very difficult and complex process involving representatives of a number of departments from three countries. It is important to come to decisions that will allow, while maintaining a balance of interests and gradually strengthening mutual trust, to remove obstacles to the free movement of goods and people through the territories of Azerbaijan and Armenia, "the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said. Clarifying the prospects for the participation of Russian companies in projects in the territories passed under the control of Azerbaijan, Rudenko stated that Russian companies, like companies from other countries, are showing interest in participating in the restoration of the infrastructure of the regions around Nagorno-Karabakh, investing in various business projects in these territories. "We hope that in the near future we will see concrete ideas. This will create additional opportunities in expanding trade, economic and investment cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan," the diplomat said.