Construction of the Rail Baltic railway route in Poland and Lithuania is slowly progressing.
Lithuania plans to finish its railway line to Latvia’s borders until 2015. Poland plans to modernize its line to Lithuania by 2020, Lithuanian Television reports.
The work to modernize the 60 km railway route from Warsaw to Sadovny will be finished within two years. 85% of the financing of this project comes from the European Union. In total, Poland is expected to modernize nearly 350 km of railway lines, so that trains would be able to travel at 160-200 km/h.
“Rail Baltic modernization requires enormous funding. There are 120 km of railway lines that need to be modernized from Sadovny to Bolostok; a new line needs to be constructed from Elka to Suwalki. This means at least several billion Zloty. We plan to have the route from Trakiszki to Sestokai to be modernized only in 2020,” – noted the Deputy Transport Affairs Minister of Poland Andrzej Massel.
“Speaking of Rail Baltic, which will connect Poland and Lithuania, we should admit – we have been lazy. Our government has great hopes for the new EU budget,” – notes journalist Jakub Kurasz of Rzeczpospolita. “We often write about this project. This greatly pressures the government. It should be said that Poland does not have a good railway infrastructure”.
Lithuania’s Rail Baltic route will be 335 km long. The first line, Mockava and Sestokai, will cost nearly 4.5 million LVL. According to the government’s plan, the railway line to Kaunas will be finished before the end of 2013.
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World Free Latvians Association, which had once invested a lot of work and finances to ensure Latvia’s membership in NATO, continues carefully following discussions that have appeared in relation to US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s statement in regards to protecting Baltic States.
Latvia and other Baltic states have always fulfilled their commitments towards NATO. With that, there is no reason for panic over Republican Party’s presidential candidate Donald Trump’s statement about the possibility of USA refusing to aid Baltics, notes Latvian ambassador to USA Andris Teikmanis.
Attempts of Latvian politicians and businessmen to get a hold of cargo transports from China seem to be on the eve of fruition. At least this is promised by LDz President Edvins Berzins, who says that Latvia’s delegation returned with very good news from their visit to China, as reported by lsm.lv.
Following the controversial US’s Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on the defence of the Baltics, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius issued a statement that the Baltic countries are meeting their obligations to NATO and views Donald Trump’s remarks that he would not automatically defend the NATO allies if Russia attacked them as election rhetoric.
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TM @ 2016-07-26 04:35:44
Linda @ 2016-07-25 22:41:08
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Bob @ 2016-07-22 20:35:34
Trump should be an embarrassment to all my fellow Americans. Unilaterally breaking treaties is bad foreign policy and certainly doesn't support his statements that he is strong enough to stand up against Vladimir Putin. The tragic murder of police by citizens has nothing to do with our right to criticize government repression in Turkey or elsewhere or, God forbid, a Trump administration.
josh @ 2016-07-21 17:39:15