Republic of Serbia and Russian Railways to expand cooperation
On 24 December 2018, Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the
Board of Russian Railways, visited the Republic of Serbia on a working visit.
The CEO of Russian Railways met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar
Vučić, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure
of the Republic of Serbia, Zorana Mikhailovich.
The parties discussed the prospects for concluding a new contract which provides
for the reconstruction of the 210-kilometre railway line between Valjevo-Vrbnica-Montenegrin
border and the construction of a single dispatch centre for train traffic control
in the Republic.
The negotiations included joint maintenance of Serbia’s railway infrastructure.
The status of current projects was also reviewed during the meetings. The Serbian
side noted the high quality of work on the projects and their implementation in strict
accordance with the schedule. In particular, the first 10 kilometres of track were
laid on the Stara Pazova - Inđija stretch of the Belgrade - Budapest line, which is
now capable of handling trains at speeds of up to 200 kph.
Despite difficult technical conditions, the construction of a double-track railway
tunnel of Čortanovci and a viaduct on the floodplain of the River Danube along the
Stara Pazova - Novi Sad section are proceeding on schedule.
The parties stressed that these facilities are not only strategically important
in the development of Serbia’s railway infrastructure, but also unique in terms
of the scale and engineering solutions used in their design and construction.
The parties confirmed their mutual interest in expanding Russian participation
in the construction and modernisation of Serbia’s rail infrastructure. Oleg
Belozerov noted in particular that the Russian Railways’ Holding is ready to
increase significantly cooperation through new projects both in Serbia and in third
"The teamwork between Russian and Serbian rail staff is very well-coordinated,
but we are ready to work even faster. I am sure that together we can carry out projects
of any complexity," said Belozerov at a briefing on the results of the negotiations.