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LDz: Russia to conduct railway repairs in Latvia’s direction

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussia plans to carry out railway line repairs in Latvia’s direction. With that, there will be disruptions with train flow in the next couple of the months. Representatives of Russian Railway have informed their partners in Latvian Railway of this.

As confirmed by LDz board during a press-conference today, repairs could significantly impact cargo transit to and from Russia and other countries.

Russian partners have yet to provide information on which railway lines will be repaired.

Deputy state secretary to Latvian Transport Ministry Dzineta Innusa has confirmed that there is unofficial information available to Latvian representatives regarding the possible halt of cargo flow through Riga port has yet to be confirmed.

As previously reported, in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme, Ameriks reminded that the proportion of coal cargoes handled by Riga port is equal to more than one-third of all cargoes handled by the port, as reported by lsm.lv.

«I believe it would impact Latvia’s economy,» – said Ameriks. «I hope this information does not end up being true. However, usually unofficial information is followed up by action,» – he added.

If this information turns out true, Latvia’s budget could lose nearly EUR 130 million as a result of lost cargoes, because every piece of coal cargo brings the budget EUR 10. «We need to consider very serious consequences,» – said Ameriks.

Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss had previously confirmed news regarding unofficial information about the possibility of Russia halting all transit through Riga.

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