“The export-import operation allowed from and to Russia decreased few times since the beginning of the combat actions. If we talk about the transit traffic, it decreased more than five times since 2012,” he said, adding that mostly coal and construction materials are taken from Russia.
At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian railways noted that the loss of the transit for “Ukrzaliznytsia” is a minus as such traffic gives more income than the inner one.
“Mainly, the cost of the transit traffic is four times more expensive than the inner,” Kravtsov added.
“As for today, we have the communication with Russia but the passenger flow decreases year by year. The loss of the transit, not only from Russia but also from the Central Asia due to the restrictions imposed by Russia and other directions is the significant and serious economic issue for the uninterrupted work of “Ukrzaliznytsia”. The funds not received from the transit should be received from the inner market. So, we need to raise the tariffs at the inner market,” he said.
Earlier, Omelyan stated that the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine intended to stop passenger railway traffic from/to Russia, yet, the cancellation of cargo transportation was not considered.
As it was reported the issue of the termination of the railway traffic with the Russian Federation is on the agenda, however, it should be supported by the Council of the National Security and Defense and the Cabinet of Ministers.
Also, Omelyan claimed he signed a "historical document" concerning the restriction of the traffic with Russia.
In its turn, the Transport Ministry of Russia has worked out the parcel of the responsive measure in the case Ukraine cancels the railway and bus traffic with Russia.