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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
Russia’s metallurgical companies are interested in cargo transportation via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, Javid Gurbanov, head of the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, told reporters in Baku Feb. 9.
Gurbanov said that he held talks with Russian metallurgical companies in Moscow last week.
"Russia’s metallurgical companies are interested in BTK and ready to transport 70,000 tons of metallurgical products from Russia to Turkey every month,” he said. “Russia is also interested in timber transportation via BTK, while in the opposite direction - in transportation of food products. Russia shows great interest in the direction of Astara."
The official opening ceremony of the BTK railway was held in Baku Oct. 30, 2017. The BTK railway was constructed on the basis a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement.
The railway’s peak capacity will be 17 million tons of cargo per year. At an initial stage, this figure will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.
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