Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) June 13, 2018 – On June 11, 2018, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yuriy Lavrenyuk met with the Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Richardas Degutas in the framework of a working visit to Lithuania.
The parties discussed topical issues of cooperation in the field of transport, including increasing the volume of freight traffic between the ports of the Black and Baltic Seas using the combined Viking train and its involvement in the transportation of goods along the route of the new Silk Road, as well as directions for cooperation in preparation to the 18th meeting of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Lithuanian Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific and Technical Cooperation, which will be held July 16-17 in Lviv.
Lavrenyuk noted the positive dynamics of freight traffic growth by rail Ukraine-Lithuania, “Ukraine is interested in developing bilateral cooperation with the Lithuania in the field of transport. The Viking train is an important link in the direction of the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. The popularization of this combined train will increase the traffic flow through our countries and will contribute to the growth of our economies. We need to develop the Baltic-Black Sea transport corridor”.
The Viking Train is a joint project of Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Belarusian Railways, stevedore companies and ports of Klaipeda, Illichivsk and Odessa. The route crosses Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania and links the network of sea container and contrailer lines of Baltics and the Black seas, Mediterranean and Caspian seas. The regular runs were launched on 6 February 2003.
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