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  Lithuania is planning to introduce the freight train route Kaliningrad-Klaipeda-Moscow

2011 02 24

According to the opinion of Rimas Kudzmanas, the Head of the Logistics Centre to the ‘Lietuvos gelezinkeliai’, regular departure of trains could substantially save border crossing time.

The project of inter-modal transportation “Merkurij” (Kaliningrad-Klaipeda-Moscow), that existed a few years ago, is currently reviewed again by the Directorate of the Board of the State railway company ‘Lietuvos gelezinkeliai’, as a perspective alternative to the road transport.

“Border checkpoints, which were established under different conditions, were not calculated for such amount of transport means that are currently passing through them every day. Subsequently, it leads to the formation of huge several kilometres-long waiting lines and standing for days and nights. Moreover, a train of 57 wagonloads (114 TEU) may substitute 80-90 cargo trucks, and pass the border checkpoint within a half of an hour. Besides, such transportation is much more efficient from the point of view using human resources – one team of engine-drivers is sufficient for servicing the train” – noted R. Kudzmanas at the 8th International Conference on Logistics and the Supply Chain Management”.

Viability of the project confirms also the possibility of setting tariffs on the services provided by “Merkurijus”, which might be attractive to the clients, considers R. Kudzmanas, as reported on 22 February, Tuesday, by the “Transportnij portal”.

According to the preliminary data, the renovation of the project is planned for the year of 2012.

Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from «Kaliningrad.ru» of 22 02 2011

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (17)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (32)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (9)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (2)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.



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