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Serbia and Russian Railways Will Expand Cooperation

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On December 24, General Director and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozyorov visited the Republic of Serbia.

The Head of Russian Railways met with President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia Zorana Mikhailovich.

The parties discussed the prospects for a new contract ensuring the reconstruction of railway section connecting Valjevo with Vrbnitsa and the Montenegrin border (210 km in length) and the construction of a single dispatch center for controlling train movement throughout the republic. In addition, the joint maintenance of the railway infrastructure of Serbia were discussed in the negotiations.

During the meetings, the status of current projects was also reviewed. The Serbian side noted the high quality of work and its execution in strict accordance with the schedule. In particular, the first 10 km of track was laid on the Stara Pazova-Inđija stretch of the Belgrade-Budapest line, where trains can reach a speed of up to 200 km/h. Despite the difficult technological conditions, the construction of the double-track Čortanovci railway tunnel and a viaduct in the floodplain of the Danube River in the Stara Pazova-Novi Sad section is underway, with the planned deadlines. The parties stressed that these facilities are strategically important for developing the infrastructure of the Serbian railway, and the scale and engineering techniques used in their design and construction are unique.

The parties confirmed their mutual interest in expanding Russian participation in the construction and modernization of the infrastructure of Serbian rail. In particular, Mr. Belozyorov noted that the Russian Railways holding is ready to significantly increase cooperation through new projects both in Serbia and in other countries.

“Russian and Serbian railroaders have shown well-coordinated teamwork. Now, we are ready to work even faster. I am sure that, working together, we can complete projects of any complexity,” he said at a briefing on the results of the negotiations.

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