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Kobalia wants to trap Viking

2011-05-31 17:09

Kobalia wants to trap Viking. 17746.jpegMinister of Economy and Sustained Development of Georgia Veronica Kobalia has announced another vast scheme of the Caucasian republic. Tbilisi is going to stick to the Viking international transport project, which will significantly increase both the freights turnover in Sakartvelo ports and railway transportation. Ms. Kobalia has already conducted the necessary negotiations with Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Eligius Masulis and is in a good mood. No one is embarrassed at the fact that despite the statements on engaging the


South-Caucasian and Central-Asian countries in the project, it continues to exist in the context of the Ilyichevsk - Kiev - Minsk - Vilnius - Klaipeda direction.

In 2009, European Commission for Transportation recognized the Viking project as the best European program in the international freight traffic arrangement. Three railway administrations that took part in the project were awarded for the most efficient organization of combined traffic: Byelorussian Railway, Lithuanian Railways and the State Railway Transport Administration of Ukraine. This choice meant that the continental society pays special attention to the freight traffic development in the East-European sector, highly estimating both the efficiency and potential of container and piggyback traffic in the region, as well as the successful cooperation between the three countries' railway employees.

This must be the factor that attracted Georgia in its desire to become a little bit closer to EU. So long as being integrated in Euro-Atlantic structures is something fantastical, through traffic across the Georgian territory must be a good way to add some money to the Caucasian republic's economy and get closer to partners. Viking participants, Byelorussia and Ukraine, have grown cooler towards Mikhail Saakashvili of late. No wonder he dreams of sticking to the transport corridor that the West is devotedly arranging near the south-western borders of RF so as to compete with the Trans-Russia North-South.

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