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Ukraine–Russia cargo facing railway suspension likely to be rerouted via Belarus, increasing costs and regulatory burden

19 December 2017


On 13 December 2017, Ukraine’s Infrastructure and Transport Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said that UkrZaliznytsia (UZ), Ukraine’s state-owned railway company, “was considering” a total ban on all railway transportation with Russia, to be introduced at some point in 2018.

Such a ban would extend to all passenger and cargo traffic crossing the Russian–Ukrainian border, including that transiting from third countries, such as the EU, Western Balkans and Central Asia. Omelyan said that the Ukrainian government would support the UZ’s imitative, once it was proposed. Railway cargo in both directions across the Russian–Ukrainian border has been subject to restrictions by both countries since 2015, due to the impact of bilateral sanctions.

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