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The unblocking of economic and transport communications in the region will significantly increase Armenia's trade volumes, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said answering the questions of MPs at the National Assembly's governmental hour on Wednesday.

This particularly refers to the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

According to him, there is only one land route between Armenia and other EAEU member states, which goes through Georgia.

"It is clear that the possibilities are limited. It follows that the opening of road and rail routes through the territory of Azerbaijan will be able to provide a significant increase in the volume of trade between Armenia and the EAEU member states," Pashinyan said.

This, as the head of the government noted, explains Armenia's interest in unblocking the routes. "And Armenia is ready to implement what is written in the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020," the prime minister stressed.

Pashinyan also called the impression that some countries have formed false. "Armenia is allegedly hindering the opening of communications. On the contrary, the Armenian side is the most interested in unblocking, as it has been under blockade for 30 years. Both Azerbaijan and Turkey have alternative routes. And, taking into account Armenia's need in communications, they are trying to raise the price for the opening of those corridors," the head of the Cabinet of Ministers said.

In this context, he stressed: in the trilateral statement there is no term "corridor" in relation to the unblocked routes. In particular, the route to Nakhijevan through the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia. There is also no concept of "limitation of sovereignty".

"The President of Azerbaijan himself confessed the other day that there is no word "corridor" in the statement, and that he himself introduced it," said Nikol Pashinyan.

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