Izmir, Turkey (PortSEurope) December 9, 2018 – Turkey plans to connect the port of Izmir to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway corridor (BTK) by rail, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Shipping and Communications said.
Negotiations on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project began in 1993 at a meeting of the Mixed Transport Commission established between Turkey and Georgia. A protocol on the implementation of this project was signed between Turkey and Georgia on July 20-21.
The Declaration on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey was signed at the opening ceremony of the Azerbaijani part of the main export pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan in 2005.
The conclusion of the project negotiations was the signing of the agreement on the beginning of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway construction during the Ilham Aliyev’s working visit to Georgia in 2007.
The construction of the Georgian section within the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway started in November 2007 and in Turkey in 2008.
Azerbaijan issued a loan to Georgia for $775 million with a minimum interest rate.
The ceremony was held to mark the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway on October 30, 2017 at the Baku International Sea Trade Port, designed to connect not only the three countries, but also entire continents.
The total length of the BTK railway is 846 km, with 504 km running thtough the territory of Azerbaijan, 263 km – Georgia and 79 km – Turkey.
In addition, earlier the launch time of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway passenger trains has become known.
The BTK railway route is the shortest way to deliver cargo from the Russian regions located in the Volga, Ural and Siberian Federal Districts to the Mediterranean ports of Turkey, and further to the countries of Africa and the Middle East.
At present, the BTK provides transportation from Kazakhstan to Mersin port. Some cargoes are delivered from Russia to Turkey and Europe.
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