Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.11 / Trend, M.Aliyev /
Dismantling the Meghri railroad and constructing a highway on this site demonstrates Armenia's intention to keep away from Russia's strong influence, Political Innovation and Technology Center head Mubariz Ahmadoglu told Trend.
"In the Soviet period, 85 percent of the cargo transportation between Russia and Armenia was carried out by the railroad passing via Meghri. This road was connected with Azerbaijan's exclave - Nakhchivan. At present, the Azerbaijani territories, through which most of the road passes, are under the Armenian occupation. Dismantling the Meghri railroad indicates the fact that the Armenians don't intend to return the territories occupied by them," Ahmadoglu said.
Armenia plans to dismantle the Kapan-Meghri railroad, in the place of which a highway will be built.
According to Ahmadoglu, during the expansion of communications, Yerevan, as Moscow's strategic ally, should develop ties with Russia in three or four directions. "Dismantling the Meghri railroad fully contradicts it," he said.
Ahmedoglu also commented on the possible relation between the Meghri issue and the normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia.
"The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu repeatedly stated his desire to visit Azerbaijan through Armenia by a highway which originates from Kars. In this way, Armenia once again wants to include the normalization of the Turkish-Armenian relations in the agenda," Ahmadoglu believes.