ArmInfo.The planned signing of a free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Iran is evidence of Moscow's desire to scale up the economic relocation strategy launched immediately after the war in Ukraine was unleashed, which, beyond doubt, offers new economic opportunities to Armenia as well, which opportunities can and must be taken up, the exert in energy security Vahe Davtyan said in an interview with ArmInfo.
"As we can see the EAEU and Iran are already cooperating, and I do not rule out Teheran's completely new role in this cooperation in the future. Should that happen, it will afford Moscow completely new opportunities for implementing its own geoeconomic strategy in the Middle East. And the international logistic corridor South-North will certainly acquire key importance in this process," Mr Davtyan said.
Such developments means Armenia will be left with no alternative but to intensify its own participation in forming this corridor, especially with its transport, logistic and energy components considered. The last factor will enable Armenia with its energy surplus to develop its own energy strategy and export electric energy on this basis and in the context of prospects.
In this context, Mr Davtyan singled out the trends toward integration of the electric power generation systems within the EAEU, which could facilitate Armenia's electric energy export, and the common EAEU energy market planned to be formed in 2025 is part thereof. Armenia's direct involvement in the processes in question affords serious opportunities for exporting its electric energy to the EAEU and now to Iran as well. All this will considerably improve Armenia's energy security.
"Regrettably, we have recently witnessed trends entirely opposite to the aforementioned ones, in particular the Armenian leadership's attempts to push ahead with the idea of the East-West corridor, which is a rival to the North-South corridor. This project has another name, Zangezur Corridor, and is part of the so-called Turkish-Azerbaijani 'peace agenda', which is in line with the geopolitical and geoeconomic interests of Ankara and Baku." Mr Davtyan said.