Stadler Rail (Switzerland) has moved the production of Flirt trains for Azerbaijan Railways from its plant in Fanipol (Belarus) to Siedlce (Poland).

The CFTS portal reported this, citing the Railway Gazette publication.

The Swiss company said that the decision to move train production from Belarus to Poland was "related to the sanctions imposed on Belarus in connection with the war in Ukraine."

The plant near Minsk was opened in 2013 for assembling rolling stock, which was supplied mainly to CIS countries. Azerbaijan Railways ordered four diesel trains and six Flirt electric trains from Stadler in November 2019. They were assembled at the Belarusian plant.

After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) called on Stadler to cease operations in Russia and Belarus. Later, the Swiss company’s head Peter Spuhler said that Stadler supported the sanctions and that it was partially moving production out of Belarus.