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The Finland government is planning to launch a high-speed rail corridor between from Moscow to Helsinki to cover the journey in 6 hours between two cities.
Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development and Foreign Trade of Finland, has recently visited Moscow and discussed the prospect of such an initiative at a meeting with Russian Railways head Oleg Belozerov in the Russian capital, reported RBC.
“We are talking about extending the branch of the high-speed railway Moscow – St. Petersburg, the project of which is planned to be submitted by 2022. Currently, the Russian side is engaged in the construction of the highway, but Helsinki is interested in its potential capabilities”, Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development and Foreign Trade of Finland.
He said that Finland has an interest in such a project that would help increase the flow of tourists in both directions, and we are ready to continue discussing with the Russian government. However, no estimate of the project has been made from our side so far.
Earlier, Russian Railways was planning to prepare a draft estimate documentation for the construction of a new high-speed railway (HSR) from Moscow to St. Petersburg by 2022. The cost of constructing the Moscow – St. Petersburg HSR corridor in June 2019 was estimated at ₽1.5 trillion by Maxim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister. However, the cost of extending the HSR to Helsinki has not been disclosed publicly.
“We confirm that the Finnish side at the meeting raised the issue of the Helsinki-Moscow HSR, it was decided to exchange information on the progress of infrastructure projects in terms of high speeds,” the Russian Railways press service said.
Skinnary on his two-day visit to Moscow on January 15, met with the acting Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and acting Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin.
“We discussed the prospects of cooperation in the field of trade, business, as well as digitalization, a sphere where Russia is showing steady development”, Skinnary said.
Skinnari explained that Finland is interested in strengthening cooperation with Russia on forestry and digital projects. According to the minister, the countries also have the potential for interaction in the development of new technologies, including in the field of environmental protection. The creation of technologies that help modernize traditional industries and reduce harmful emissions into the environment creates new opportunities for companies in both countries, he said.
Although sanctions continue to be an objective factor in relations between Moscow and the EU, Finnish business has managed to adapt to them and retains an interest in working in Russia, said Ville Skinnari. “They do not think in the short term, but plan their actions for decades to come,” he said.
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