MINSK, October 10 (Itar-Tass) - Russian Railways Co. opened its office in the Belarusian capital city Minsk on Thursday.
The new office will coordinate bilateral cooperation in this sector of the economy, including plans for the formation of a unified transport system of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, and joint work within international organizations.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin noted that his company had a number of major joint projects with the Belarusian colleagues. Thus, he said, they were working on the establishment of a united transport logistics company and on the project of the development of high-speed passenger service via Belarus, as well as on the formation on a common economic space. “I think it will be one of the most busy offices of the company,” he said.
The Minsk office became Russian Railways’ eleventh foreign office. Currently, it has offices in Hungary, Germany, China, North Korea, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland, France, and Estonia.
The Minsk office will be headed by Vladimir Zherelo, who was the chief of the Belarusian Railway from 2004 to 2009 and a deputy chairman of the standing commission on industry, the fuel and energy sector, transport, communications and entrepreneurship of the Belarusian National Assembly’s House of Representatives from 2009 to 2012.