Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says that the economic and transit blockade of Ukraine by Russia has failed.
He stated this at the meeting on the arrival of the pilot train at its final destination on a new TRANS-Caspian transport route, transfer «Ukrainian news».
«Russia has proved that economic and transit blockade of Ukraine has failed,» he said.
He noted that Ukraine does not intend to wait on the goodwill of Russia on the resumption of transit and is ready to put into operation alternative transit routes bypassing Russia.
Yatsenyuk tasked Ukrzaliznytsya and members of the movement of the new container train «New silk road» up to 10 days.
«This will allow us to reduce the cost of transit and to speed it up,» he said during the meeting in «Ukrzaliznytsia» on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister also instructed the Ministry of infrastructure to take place in Astana all necessary negotiations regarding the border crossing, the speed of passing trains, and all outstanding issues.
«Now the cost of transportation of one container about 5.5 thousand dollars, to admit a bit more expensive than the traditional route through the Russian Federation. But if we are able to fully load the line, we will reduce the cost of transportation», — said Yatsenyuk.
The head of the commercial Department of PJSC «uz» Yuri Merkulov added that already understand how to load the line and predicted that he will come back to Ukraine in late February.
As reported, the solemn departure of a freight train from Ukraine to China via the silk road trading route bypassing Russia through Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan took place on January 15. All formalities between the countries-participants of the experiment were resolved within a few days, including the establishment of a competitive feed-in tariffs for cargo transportation on this route.
This route was developed in the beginning of January this year in response to the actions of the Russian Federation, the ban on 4 January transit of Ukrainian goods through Russian territory in the framework of the General policy of protection of the Russian market, the Kremlin adopted in response to the entry into force of the Agreement on free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU. The FTA agreement entered into force on 1 January 2016.
On 1 February the Minister of infrastructure Andriy Pivovarsky has said that the test flight of the «new Silk road» was successful, 1 February, the train arrived at the station Dostyk on the border of Kazakhstan and China.
Yatsenyuk: Russian economic and transit embargo failed 02.02.2016