The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure and the Moldovan Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure have held talks on including the Moldovan railway in the transport corridor between the Baltic, Black, and Caspian Seas, the CFTS portal reports, citing information from the Ministry of Infrastructure.
As reported earlier, talks were held within the framework of the Ukrainian-Moldovan Working Group on Transport in Chisinau from 28 July to 29. Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Viktor Dovhan signed a protocol with the Moldovan Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure at the end of the talks.
This protocol provides for signing an agreement on development of the Baltic Sea-Black Sea-Caspian Sea international transport corridor in the railway sector before 1 October this year. The agreement is intended to involve the Moldova railway in the transport corridor and reduce railway tariffs.
As the CFTS reported, Ukraine recently submitted to Azerbaijan a draft agreement on creation of an international transport corridor from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
"This is a large transport corridor that will synchronize multiple routes and be of great importance in strengthening economic and trade relations. It also provides for creation of a single governing body within the corridor for formulation of a comprehensive strategy for development of freight transportation in the region," Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko said.
Ukraine also proposed that Georgia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan conclude an agreement on transport of goods between the three seas. This proposal was made at a meeting of the heads of the agencies responsible for transport development in member states of the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, which was held on in Odesa on 31 May.
Before then, Moldova proposed a new transit corridor for Iranian cargoes, which bypasses Ukraine. The relevant protocol was signed by the management of the Moldovan railway at a meeting in Constanta, which was attended by representatives of the railway and maritime administrations of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Romania. Creation of an Iran-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Black Sea-Romania-Moldova-EU corridor was discussed at the meeting.