The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine has announced that the international train connecting Kyiv and Riga via Minsk and Vilnius will begin operating on 28 September of the current year, the institution’s official website states, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"Last year's agenda that was agreed upon in Lithuania, led to a result this year. We have a “four-capitals’ train (Riga-Vilnius-Minsk-Kyiv) that is going to depart on 28 September from Kyiv. We are going to have a direct air connection between Vilnius and Lviv, as well as a number of other promising projects”, - Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan claimed.
He also pointed out that the trade turnover between the two states is growing: as of the end of 2017, the growth reached almost 40% and there is further expansion.
The official also claimed that aside from the decisions that have already been implemented, Ukraine is going to unite its efforts with Poland and Lithuania in order to establish a center for innovative technology solutions.
"Ukraine is the highest priority for Lithuania from the european integration process viewpoint, it is one of the most important working issues, and Lithuania is ready to assist Ukraine as much as possible. We think positively of the reforms that are currently underway in Ukraine in relation to the European integration of the country, and we hope that the upcoming elections in Ukraine will not suspend the reforms”, - the economy minister of the Lithuanian Republic Virginius Sinkiawicius said.
In his turn, Volodymyr Omelyan underlined that the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union entrance into force has become an additional impulse for the facilitation of the Ukrainian-Lithuanian bilateral trade cooperation, and thanked the Lithuanian party for its interest and attention to the process of reforming various industries of Ukraine's economy.
As reported earlier, the tariff panel assembled by the infrastructure ministry decided to change tariffs on international passenger and freight transportation via railroads, which allow the launch of the Kyiv-Riga train.
A coach fare for the train to Riga is expected to cost UAH 1855 (EUR 59).