Poland will restrict freight rail traffic with Belarus

Poland carried out its ultimatum and nevertheless closed the railway communication with Belarus along one of the transport corridors – in the Grodno region, where the epicenter of the migration crisis is located

Freight train near Hajnowka, Poland

Since November 21, Poland has suspended railway communication with Belarus through the Kuznitsa checkpoint, the Belarusian State Border Committee reported.

The State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus received an official letter from the Polish side regarding its intention to suspend freight traffic in the checkpoint Kuznitsa & raquo;, & mdash; says the message.

Railway checkpoint 'Smithy' (Bruzgi on the Belarusian side) is located on one of the three main railway corridors between Poland and Belarus. Two more are located in the area of ​​the cities of Svisloch and Brest.

Russian Railways told RBC that Poland's decision to close the freight rail link with Belarus through the Kuznitsa checkpoint. near Grodno will not significantly affect Russian transit.

“ The closure of the border crossing will practically not affect the transportation of goods in communication with Russia & mdash; both export-import and transit. The main cargo traffic goes through Brest. Through the checkpoint at Kuznitsa single dispatches were carried out. The traffic volumes will be redistributed in other directions, including with the use of Russian-Polish border crossings in the Kaliningrad region '', & mdash; reported in Russian Railways.

The United Transport and Logistics Company, the operator of transit traffic across Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, also told RBC that the main transit flow goes along the railway line in Brest, and at the control point Kuznitsa & mdash; Bruzgi one-time dispatches of container trains are carried out. It is mainly used to reduce the load on other border crossing points. 'Through' Bruzgi '/' Forge Belostotskaya ' on average, eight container trains go one way and four trains every month – & mdash; to another. For comparison: every day in both directions from border stations in the services of UTLC ERA, up to 30 trains leave '', & mdash; the company reported.

On November 13, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński said that in response to the migration crisis, which, according to Warsaw, provoked by the Belarusian authorities, Poland could block the railway connection with a neighboring country. The Russian Center for Strategic Research (CSR), commenting on this news, noted that about 10% of all Russian imports and about 1% of exports in kind are delivered across the border of Belarus and Poland.

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