Cooperation between Ukraine and Lithuania in the field of transport infrastructure has been developed successfully. This was stated by Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii during a meeting with Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Jaroslav Narkevič on February 21, 2020. The bilateral meeting took place within the framework of a working visit of the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine to participate in the International Conference "Europe of the Carpathians" on February 21-22, 2020 in Krasiczyn, Poland.
The parties discussed the state and prospects of the development of Ukrainian-Lithuanian cooperation in the field of infrastructure and joint participation in international logistics projects, as well as the increase of cargo flows. Vladyslav Kriklii commended efficient dialogue in the field of international motor transportation.
The Ministers noted the positive results of the recent regular meeting of the Ukrainian-Lithuanian Joint Commission on International Road Transport held on December 12, 2019, in Kyiv. The parties are set to make every effort to remove barriers in the domain of international road haulage. The issue of the exchange of multiple transit permits is being elaborated at the first stage.
"The Republic of Lithuania is a strategic partner of Ukraine in the issues of the upgrading of national infrastructure and the realization of transit potential in the Black Sea - Baltic Sea direction. Presently, the cooperation between Ukraine and Lithuania in the field of transport infrastructure is developing in the ascending line, including in the field of international freight transportation by rail. The Viking Combined Train and Containerships Train are critical international logistics projects, the successful implementation of which opens up the prospect of attracting additional freight traffic to both countries," noted Vladyslav Kryklii.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine informed that the volume of container transportation within the Viking combined transport train in January 2020 had increased by 21% compared to the similar period of 2019. At the same time, the work is underway to organize container transportation within the Containerships train connecting Lithuania - Belarus – Ukraine in both directions. The Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Jaroslav Narkevič noted the importance of further successful cooperation in the field of transport infrastructure for the Ukrainian-Lithuanian economic relations and reaffirmed the commitment to develop and deepen bilateral relations.