The first train of the new “Silk Road” arrived to Georgia bypassing Russia


The first train sent as part of a new “Silk Road” though territories of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and bypassing Russia, has arrived from China to Georgia. The route should significantly reduce the cost of transportation of goods from China to Europe.

The transit train with container cargo will continue its way to Turkey through the Trans-Caucasus transport corridor, reports “Georgia Online“.

The Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili met the train at Tbilisi Central Station.

“I am glad that our train was symbolically decorated with the flags of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and the EU. In an unprecedented short period of time of 8-10 days, we can receive the cargo in Georgia, and then in 3-5 days – in different European countries “, – said the prime minister.

Garibashvili noted that up to the date the transportation of goods from China to Europe was performed by sea. It was taking about 40 days. According to him, now deliveries will be much faster and cheaper, thanks to the cooperation of countries located along the “Silk Road”. The route goes through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia, bypassing Russia.

“Silk Road” is an additional impulse for partner countries located in the same “geographic belt” to deepen political, cultural, and economic relations “, – concluded Garibashvili.

Georgia should receive another train by the end of the year.

A train following the “Silk Road” does not get on the territory of Russia, since in the Kazakh city of Aktau it gets into the ferry opened in 2014, and 12 hours later it reaches Azerbaijani Alat port on the other side of the Caspian Sea.

In Georgia the train gets to the port of Poti, where using the ferry through the Black Sea it gets to Istanbul.

In February China has created the “Silk Road” fund of $40 billion. It means to finance infrastructure projects in Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific region. A willingness to also fund shared projects with Russia was also indicated in Beijing.

Source: RBC