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Economia, Ferrovie

Ferrovie, Russia e Spagna pronte a collaborare nell’alta velocità ferroviaria e nel settore autostradale

Le autorità dei trasporti dei due paesi stanno discutendo
fonte: ilVelino/AGV NEWS/Sputnik
di Velino International

Le autorità dei trasporti di Russia e Spagna sono pronte a collaborare nell’alta velocità ferroviaria e nel settore autostradale ma anche in altri ambiti come agricoltura e costruzioni navali. Lo ha riferito l’ambasciatore russo in Spagna Yuri Korchagin a Sputnik. “Le aziende spagnole sono tra i leader mondiali nel settore delle ferrovie ad alta velocità, così come nella costruzione e gestione di autostrade a pagamento e siamo interessati” affinché entrino “nel mercato russo. Le nostre autorità di trasporto stanno discutendo su questo”, ha detto Korchagin aggiungendo che le parti stanno lavorando anche su progetti reciprocamente vantaggiosi nel settore energetico, agricolo, navale e metallurgico.

Russian and Spanish transport authorities are discussing the partnership in the sphere of high-speed railways and highways, with projects in agriculture and shipbuilding also under discussion by the two sides, Russian Ambassador to Spain Yuri Korchagin told Sputnik on Friday. “Spanish companies are among the world’s leaders in the sphere of high-speed railways, as well as the construction and management of high-speed paid highways, and we are interested in attracting them to this segment of Russian’s market. Our [Russian, Spanish] transport authorities are discussing this,” Korchagin said, when asked if the two sides had any agreements in the pipeline similar to the deal on high-speed Talgo trains manufactured in Spain. The ambassador added that the two sides were also working on mutually beneficial projects in the energy sector, agriculture, shipbuilding, metallurgy. According to Korchagin, the simplification of the visa regime for Spanish citizens, introduced in 2016, led to 25 percent increase in Russian visas issued in Madrid and Barcelona. Russia’s FPC and Spain’s Talgo signed a contract in summer 2011 for the supply of seven 20-car trains for 135 million euros (roughly $143.9 million). The four of them can automatically change the width of its wheel pairs for the transition from the Russia’s broad gauge to the European standard gauge on the Moscow-Berlin route. On December 15, 2016, the second Talgo train was launched on that route.