The Russian Railways (RR) state-owned railway company plans to sever its agreement with the Armenian authorities, claiming that the latter are obstructing the operation of RR’s subsidiary South Caucasus Railway (SCR), which operates the railways of Armenia. A source familiar with the respective talks between Russia and Armenia told this to RTVI; this information was confirmed by the Ministry of Transport of Russia.
RR’s relations with the Armenian authorities have deteriorated due to Yerevan’s searches at and criminal cases filed against SCR.
According to the RTVI’s source, seven criminal cases were brought against SCR, but they were merged into one case.
According to RTVI’s interlocutor, if Armenia wished not to put pressure on Russia but to clarify the situation, it would have petitioned to the international court.
This conflict was attempted to be resolved at the governmental level, but the Russian Ministry of Transport formally admits that the respective talks have not yielded results.
And the Armenian side insists on the lawfulness of the criminal investigation being conducted against the South Caucasus Railway.