Inaugurate the shortest and safest line between Europe and Asia

Presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in addition to Georgian Prime Minister Gueorgui Kvirikashvili, inaugurated the train will cover the route from Baku, the Azeri capital, to the city of Kars (Turkey) on Monday, to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. a new branch of the Silk Road This opens. This line Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) will be the shortest route between Asia and Europe rail route. Is an alternative to the Trans-Siberian railway that runs through Russia from east to west. Erdogan believes that the new train "will increase investments and tourism." In his words, "it will transport in a first stage six million tons of cargo" between China and Europe. After the figure is expected to rise to 17 million tonnes in subsequent years. "Trains may move directly between London and Beijing," added the Turkish president. The new train will connect the Asian railway network with the Turkish and European Kvirikashvili, meanwhile, he said that in addition to goods, the BTK will transport annually around one million passengers, which will be a major boost for tourism. The head of the Georgian government said the new train will connect the Asian railway network with the Turkish and European, thus allowing "loads arriving from China to Europe in eight days." The railway corridor linking China with Europe via Russia needs almost three weeks to cover the route. At the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line they were also attended by the prime ministers of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Baklitzhan Saguintáyev, and Abdulla Aripo and government officials in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. BTK line has a total length of 846 kilometers, 504 which extend through Azerbaijan, Georgia and 79 263 Turkey. Opening ceremony of the new line - REUTERS The goods and passengers traveling from China and Central Asia to Europe will reach the ports of Aktau (Kazakhstan) and Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan) to cross the Caspian ferries to the Azeri port of Aliat, located just over fifty kilometers from Baku and where the opening ceremony was held. From there they continue train ride to Tbilisi, Kars, Istanbul and other European cities, including Spanish. For less than a year ago, a freight train runs between China and Spain traveling more than 13,000 kilometers across Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. This train needs about 20 days to cover the distance. Azerbaijan also seeks to Brussels support its project pipeline to Europe, the so-called Southern Corridor as an alternative to Russian gas.


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