25 Mar 2019 19:21

Deputy head of Russian MinTrans becomes head of int'l conference on streamlining rail transport in Eurasian space

MOSCOW. March 25 (Interfax) - Russian Deputy Transport Minister Vladimir Tokarev has been chosen as the chairman of an international conference on the development of the Convention on Direct International Railway Traffic organized by the Organization for Cooperation Between Railways (OSJD), the deputy minister's office told journalists.

The meeting at which the vote took place was held in Warsaw. Tokarev received 14 votes. A representative of Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure received nine votes, according to the office.

Tokarev will replace the late State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Transport Sergei Aristov in this post. Aristov died in December 2018.

The purpose of the Convention on Direct International Railway Traffic is intended to provide uniform rules for transportation of cargo and passengers by rail for use in the Eurasian space.

The OSJD was founded in 1956 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Twenty-nine countries are represented in it.