Putin proposes resumption of Sukhumi-Yerevan railway

Russia and Abkhazia, in case of agreement of all parties, may organize a transit rail service in the direction of Sukhumi-Tbilisi-Yerevan. “We deem that it is possible together with other partners to consider and with common consent to implement a project like, for example, a transit rail connection in the direction of Sukhumi-Tbilisi,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on November 24 as quoted by Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

“The implementation of such projects will contribute to the creation of conditions for the development of relations between all interested parties,” the Russian president added.

Armenia, which will become a member of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union beginning next year, has no land connection with the rest of the Union members, also including Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Earlier on Monday, the presidents of Russia and Abkhazia signed a bilateral agreement on strategic partnership and alliance.

Georgia does not recognize Abkhazia as an independent country and considers it to be still part of its territory. Russia recognized Abkhazia following the 2008 Russo-Georgian war in South Ossetia and at present provides it with economic and military assistance.