News Release – Government of Serbia – February 13, 2020 Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic spoke today with Sergey Pavlov, the first Deputy Director General of Russian Railways. During the meeting, which was also attended by Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Alexander Bocan-Kharchenko, current and future railway infrastructure projects were discussed. Mihajlovic pointed out
that RZD (state-owned Russian Railways) is working on the hardest and biggest project in this part of Europe – building a high-speed line from Belgrade to Budapest, announcing that it will travel at a speed of 200 kilometers an hour at the end of next year. She stressed that the Russian Federation is our friend and partner, and that today there were new projects discussed, which were also discussed by the presidents of the two countries, Alexander Vucic and Vladimir Putin, first of all about the continuation of reconstruction of the Bar from Valjevo to Vrbnica and construction unique dispatch center. We expect that during the visit of the director general of RZD in April we will sign the agreement on the reconstruction of the railway line, but also lay down a capsule and mark the beginning of works on the construction of the dispatch center, said Mihajlovic. According to her, RZD is considering a proposal to create a joint company for gas locomotives in Serbia, which would be of great importance for our economy. Pavlov stated that the works on the section of the fast railway from Stara Pazova to Novi Sad were performed according to the contracted dynamics, noting that the company has 1,500 workers on construction sites in Serbia. Ambassador Bocan-Harchenko expressed his gratitude to the Ministry for good comprehensive cooperation and support, which is extremely important for the successful implementation of the projects. We are proud that Russian Railways is part of the realization of projects and development of Serbia. Infrastructure development is crucial for Serbia’s integration into Europe, I am sure that we will continue to foster cooperation in the field of infrastructure projects, Bocan-Harchenko said.
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