“Already we're seeing the fruit of these diplomatic efforts in Armenia's opening trade connections with Turkey,” Tsukerman said when asked about the possibility of the opening of the Zangezur corridor.
The security analyst stressed that the opening of the Zangezur corridor would allow circumventing the Iran route currently in place and bringing a more direct trade through Armenia to Turkey.
“That would help secure Azerbaijan's interest from having to deal with Iran but also help the three countries establish stronger relations among themselves. So far, Armenia has been hesitant in discussing the opening of the corridor,” she said.
“President Aliyev pushed hard to show that this issue will be resolved unilaterally as needed. At the end of the day, it is to Armenia's advantage to have diverse options for trade and to have easier trade relations with its neighbors. Such passages not only contribute to regional prosperity but break down barriers in economic and political communications in general and will bring countries closer together on resolving other regional issues jointly,” the security analyst added.
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