Oct 9, 2021
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Iran proposes to build a “Caucasian Corridor” in Armenia

Tehran is categorically against Baku’s plans to create a “Zangezur Corridor”

Iran has closed its checkpoints for Turkish trucks, in response, Turkey has banned the entry of Iranian trucks. This happened after the aggravation of relations between Baku and Tehran. Iran came out categorically against Azerbaijan’s plans to create the so-called Zangezur corridor.

“Iran understands that the hypothetical provision of the corridor will deprive it of access to external and, in particular, European, markets bypassing Turkish or Azerbaijani territory. Moreover, against the background of active efforts to create the Persian Gulf – Black Sea transport corridor, it is quite natural that Tehran does not even want to hear about some kind of “Zangezur corridor”. The aggressive behavior of the Ankara-Baku tandem is a threat to Iranian projects, “

– says the director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Ruben Safrastyan

According to him, Iran has one weak point – the presence of the Turkic population, Iranian Azerbaijanis, in the north-western provinces, where Turkey has been carrying out pan-Turkic propaganda in recent years.

And according to the Iranian Garik Misakyan, Tehran is seriously concerned about the possibility of an armed invasion of Azerbaijan in Syunik and intends to intervene if there is an attempt to change the borders, high-ranking Iranian military has already announced this.

Iran’s response to the “Zangezur Corridor” was a plan to create a “Caucasian Corridor”, said the head of the Iranian Studies Department of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Yerevan State University. Vardan Voskanyan

“Judging by the latest tweet of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran, Rostam Ghasemi, a solution has been found to organize the transportation of Iranian goods through the territory of Armenia, bypassing the Azerbaijani bashibozuks, and in the near future the regional transit maps will be completely changed,”

– Voskanyan is quoted by the Armenian online edition VERELK

The “Caucasian Corridor” will ensure Iran’s access to the Black Sea only through the territory of Armenia and Georgia.

And it looks like Tehran has already got down to business: the other day an Iranian delegation visited Armenia, which included the Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran, as well as the general director of a construction company. The participation of the Iranian side in the construction of a transit road, which can become an alternative to the Goris-Kapan section of the highway in the south of Armenia, was discussed in Yerevan. Iranian trucks will go along this road.

“Armenia should continue to build up its relations with Iran and Russia, since these countries can provide assistance to Armenia. And they will do this not for the “beautiful eyes” of Armenia, but taking into account their interests, since Syunik is today turned into a point of collision of geopolitical interests, and the correct use of this can ensure certain preferences for Armenia in terms of strengthening the positions of Syunik “,

– Garik Misakyan is sure.

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