KIEV, January 15. The first experimental flight on the route Ukraine – Georgia – Azerbaijan – Kazakhstan – China went from Ilyichevsk seaport (Odessa region). The route will become the new direction of the “silk route” for delivery of cargoes from China to Europe and at the same time, alternative delivery of goods from Ukraine into these markets bypassing Russia.
“Today we are diversifying the delivery routes of our products. It is a necessary step to increase the independence of our supplies of goods from Russia”, – said Minister of economic development and trade of Ukraine aivaras Abromavicius during the opening ceremony.
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According the Ministry of economy of Ukraine, since the beginning of the year, Russia de facto completely stopped all transit of goods of Ukrainian origin through its territory, regardless of the country of final destination.
The new route includes a ferry crossing of the Black and Caspian seas (Ilyichevsk – Batumi and Alyat – Aktau-Port) and should be competitive in comparison with traditional overland route.
January 14, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia signed a Protocol on establishment of preferential tariffs for freight transport on this route.
In the launch ceremony of container train was attended by the Minister of infrastructure Andriy Pivovarsky, Minister of economic development aivaras abromavicius, Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko, the head of the Odessa regional administration Mikhail Saakashvili.
The idea of creation of transport, energy and trade corridor between Central Asia, South Asia and Europe was made in September 2013 by Chinese President XI Jinping during his visit to Kazakhstan. The exact route will be a new “silk road”, for a long time was not fully developed.
Recently Kiev began to actively promote the idea of the country for the transport of goods in the framework of this project. According to Ukraine, the path from China to Europe via the Ukrainian port of Ilyichevsk can take “a maximum of nine days instead of 30 days through Russia”.
In turn, first Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev said that the development of a new route connected with search of transport routes bypassing Russia. Sagintayev said that Kazakhstan has its Pacific terminal in Chinese port of Lianyungang, so the Republic is developing various ways of delivery of cargoes from this port to Europe to earn transit.
At the same time, first Deputy Prime Minister noted that “since the new year, the delivery of goods from Ukraine by transit through Russia is a bit complicated”. “Therefore, the delivery of goods we are working through Azerbaijan, via the port of Aktau,” he said.