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Yerevan pleased with new ferry route to Russia

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Friday, January 11
The Armenian minister of transport and communication described the inauguration of the railcar-carrying ferry route between the ports of Poti in Georgia and Kavkaz in Russia as the most significant event for Armenia in 2007, according to the news agency Regnum.

The route was devised as a way of restoring the Russia–Armenia transport corridor, bypassing conflict regions. Before the Kavkaz–Poti route, Armenian cargo had to go to Russia via the Ukrainian port of Ilichevsk. The new ferry route is expected to halve transportation time and reduce transportation costs by 20 percent.