YEREVAN (Armenpress)–EU Special Representative to the South Caucasus–Peter Semneby–said during his maiden visit to Armenia that the European Union will show neither financial nor political support for Turkish-Azeri-Georgian plans to build an alternative railway from Kars–Turkey to Akhalkalaki and Tbilisi in Georgia.
This decision was confirmed by Benita Ferrero-Waldner–EU commissioner on foreign relations and New Neighborhood Policy.
The new railway would bypass Armenia–further isolating it in the region. The proposed railway is also opposed because there already exists a railroad connecting the three cities–which passes through Gyumri in Armenia.
Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said the EU maintains that restoration of the existing railroad from Kars to Gyumri is more reasonable than spending money on construction of a new railroad.