RUSSIA, IRAN AND AZERBAIJAN TO BUILD A RAILROAD PASSING AROUND ARMENIA

AZG Armenian Daily #080, 04/05/2005

Region

Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran have signed an agreement of building
Khazvin-Resht-Enzeli-Astara railroad within the framework of
North-South corridor program. It's envisaged that the railway will
stretch 375 km. A consortium with $200 million as each parties share
was established.

Mediamax agency reminds that on February 17, 2005, RA prime minister
Andranik Margarian expressed his worry to Russia's foreign minister
Sergey Lavrov over the fact that the planned railroad will pass
Armenia by.

Sergey Lavrov assured that "Russia will consider Armenia's interests
and will not take steps damaging them" while implementing its
transportation projects. Russian foreign minister also note that he
will convey Armenian PM's concern to Russian transport minister and
the head of Russian railways.