Posted by meb at February 19th, 2013
The first integrated rail and ferry line between Russia and Turkey officially opened on Tuesday, inaugurating what officials say will be a new chapter in trade between the two countries and the region at large.
In a Tuesday ceremony at the Turkish Black Sea port of Samsun, Transport and Communication Minister Binali YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m and his Russian counterpart, Maksim Sokolov, spoke to the press on the importance of the line, which will be the most direct trade corridor between the two Black Sea neighbors. YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said that the agreement will see as much as 200,000 tons of rolling stock this year, a number which he estimated would reach around 300,000 tons in five years. â€œThis line will help us reach our trade targets, which is not an easy task but something I’m sure can be achieved,â€ said Sokolov. (more…)