Armenia needs a train to make full use of its upcoming economic integration with Russia's Customs Union, but the only track still accessible to it runs via separatist Abkhazia. Now, after years of firm opposition from Tbilisi, Yerevan appears to sense an opening.
During a June 18-19 drop-in visit to Tbilisi, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan revisited with his Georgian hosts the idea of re-launching the Soviet-era train route. The reopening of the railway though Abkhazia, closed since Tbilisi's 1992-1994 war with Abkhaz separatists, “is of vital importance for us,” Sargsyan said, news sites reported.
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