What will the attempts to disrupt the opening of the Zangezur corridor lead to?

What will the attempts to disrupt the opening of the Zangezur corridor lead to?

What will the attempts to disrupt the opening of the Zangezur corridor lead to?

What will the attempts to disrupt the opening of the Zangezur corridor lead to?

Xeberinvar.com - reports that:  Provocative statements continue to be fired in Armenia. This time, Ruben Rubinyan, chairman of the parliamentary commission on foreign relations, a member of the ruling My Step faction, distinguished himself. This subject not only voiced Yerevan's refusal to sign a peace treaty with Baku on the basis of mutual recognition of borders. He also spoke on the topic of the Zangezur corridor, once again stating that Armenia does not intend to open it.

“There is no country in the world that would talk about the Zangezur Corridor, with the exception of Azerbaijan and sometimes Turkey. There is no mention of the corridor in the November 9 trilateral statement. Russia, whose signature is also on the statement, also never spoke about any corridor through Armenia. The same can be said about other power centers, ”the media quoted him as saying.In theory, of course, a member of parliament has the right to a personal opinion, and his words are, as it were, not the official position of the country. But, firstly, Ruben Rubinyan represents Pashinyan's “My Step” in the Armenian parliament. And secondly, it is he who is predicted to take the place of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from where all the previous leadership has fled in unison. And, finally, similar in meaning statements in the style of "there will be no corridor!" they are heard not only in parliament - they are also "fired" by representatives of the executive vertical.

Here it would be appropriate to advise Mr. Rubinyan and other representatives of the Yerevan elite to carefully read the trilateral statement of November 10, especially its paragraph 9: “The Republic of Armenia guarantees the safety of transport links between the western regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic in order to organize the unimpeded movement of citizens, vehicles and cargo in both directions ”.

And in his assurances that no one except Azerbaijan and Turkey is talking about the Zangezur corridor, Mr. Rubinyan was a little too hasty. Representatives of Russia have repeatedly spoken about the importance of opening communications. Less than a month ago, in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk urged the countries of the South Caucasus not to drag out the issue, stressing that Russia, the EAEU countries, and Armenia itself are interested in opening communications.“It will turn not only into a major international transport hub connecting the Iranian ports of the Persian Gulf with the Black Sea ports, as well as Russian ports in the Baltic and the Pacific Ocean, but it will also be able to start building up its own production, as there will be access to new sales markets, and factors, the constraining possibilities of exporting products from the country will become a thing of the past. "

Moreover, China has recently expressed its interest in the implementation of this project. At the meeting with Minister Mikail Jabbarov, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Azerbaijan, Mrs. Guo Min, noted that “the Zangezur corridor will contribute to the transport project“ One Belt, One Road ”. Finally, Armenia should have already understood that the political, economic and logistical "weather" in the South Caucasus is determined by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

 

It is no coincidence that in the first days after the ceasefire, the Russian FSB, whose border guards guard the border between Armenia and Iran, deployed additional posts in Zangezur with the expectation of the Zangezur corridor. Finally, trilateral meetings at the level of deputy prime ministers are regularly held in Moscow, where the issue of opening communications is discussed.

And how, then, to understand Rubinyan's statement? To all appearances, Armenia again has two positions: at the talks in Moscow - one, and “for its own” - another. And the motives are all the more clear. Yes, unblocking communications will open up good prospects for Armenia, but the "train ticket" will have to pay by recognizing the borders. Not to mention the fact that the transport geography has already changed de facto, and the role of the “railway crossroads” that Gyumri used to play will now be transferred to Nakhchivan and Julfa. Not to mention the railways Baku-Tbilisi-Kars and Baku-Astara-Astara-Rasht, which was recently followed by a container train from Finland to India. Armenia, of course, has a chance to get its own "piece of the pie", but to be honest, someone travels in a first-class carriage, and someone is content with selling dried peaches and trout from Lake Goycha at the station. It is not surprising that “confusion of feelings” reigns in Yerevan.Only now there is no time left for reflection. And most importantly, the opening of the Zangezur corridor is not a whim or a wish, but a condition for Armenia's surrender after its defeat in a 44-day war. Feel the difference, as they say. And if in Pashinyan's team they seriously decided to “play with the barrier”, then, however delicate it is, do not forget that it is unsafe to stand in front of a locomotive flying at full speed.

Nurani, columnist