The first experimental launch of a freight train on the so called new Silk Road was successful from a political point of view, but not quite correctly organized on the technical side, Ukraine's Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian considers.
"The government has made conclusions. I hope that even the announcement of a tender to select the head of the Lisky branch of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia, which was one of the main operators of the route, will lead to the emergence of the entity that will develop the Silk Road," he told journalists in Kyiv.
In general, the minister said that with this project Ukraine "hit the top ten." Many countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, China, Kazakhstan, Iran stated their readiness to work with Ukrzaliznytsia to develop the direction of container link and other types of cargo.
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Speaking about the tariff for the said transportation, Omelian said that it has not been approved - it is necessary to conclude negotiations with Kazakhstan.
"There are both economic and political components in these negotiations. I hope we will complete them in June," the minister added.