The plenary session of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan approved the draft law “On Ratification of the Protocol on Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Specifics of Legal Regulation of the Activities of Enterprises, Institutions, and Organizations of Railway Transport of October 18, 1996”.

“The protocol provides for the procedure for passing non-stop passenger and freight trains through the State border of railway sections managed by the parties. Non-stop trains will not be subject to inspections by the border services. These norms will allow reducing the time of passenger delivery in one direction from 36 to 23 hours. Matters of opening and closing stations for conduction freight operations at the sections of one State, located at the territory of another State will be regulated by technical regulations of the State which manages those stations. In turn, the Protocol regulates issues of organizing passenger transportation in border areas. In particular local executive authorities are empowered to develop appropriate competition rules for determining carriers transporting passengers, expenses of which are subject to subsidization from the relevant border entities of the States,” – Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek said presenting the draft Law.

Answering questions of the deputies, the Minister explained that currently there are 7 sections on the territory of Russia which are managed by the Kazakh side, and 8 sections on the territory of Kazakhstan managed by the Russian side. 63 stations operate on these sections. The Kazakh side currently is not planning to open new stations. If necessary, the operating stations will be retrofitted to perform additional operations.

According to Zhenis Kassymbek, 33 Russian trains from Russia to Russia pass through Kazakhstan and, similarly, 4 Kazakhstani trains pass through Russia daily. On the Protocol’s entry into force, these trains will not be inspected by border guards.

The protocol was signed in Astana on October 4, 2016.


Published: 26 April 2017



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