Belarus interested in using BTK railway - envoy
Belarus is interested in using the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Azerbaijan Gennady Akhramovich said at a press conference in Baku Dec. 28.
“We held a series of negotiations for operation of the Belarusian Railway company on the BTK route,” Akhramovich said. “We are deeply interested in this route, and several rounds of negotiations were held. We clearly see that Azerbaijan, through the efforts of its leadership, first of all the head of state, is turning into a serious transport hub, and Belarus, which is an important player in transport communication in Europe, is also interested in this, in terms of enhancing its potential.”
The ambassador noted that Belarus is also interested in participation in the International North-South Transport Corridor project.
“This corridor opens the way for us not only to Iran, but also India and the southern seas,” the ambassador added. “This will allow us to optimize supplies of Belarusian products to these countries via Azerbaijan, and the volume of Belarus’ trade with these countries amounts to hundreds of millions of US dollars.”
The official opening ceremony of the BTK railway was held in Baku Oct. 30. 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.