2 Nov 2017 11:54

Kazakhstan set for close cooperation with Russia on high-speed railway

ASTANA. Nov 2 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan welcomes cooperation with Russia on the Eurasia High-Speed Railway (HSR) linking Europe and China, Kazakhstan's Minister for Investments and Development, Zhenis Kasymbek, said.

"We are in talks with Russia on the project. We are considering various route options for the railway to run through Kazakhstan. We've been actively working with Chinese and Russian representatives on this project," Kasymbek told journalists in Astana on Thursday.

"However, it's still premature to talk about a specific route or the area it will be running through," he said.

He noted that "it's not a matter for the next three years."

Earlier, Alexander Misharin, the first vice-president of Russian Railways, said that Kazakh partners had proposed creating a route through Altynkol and Petropavlovsk with connections to Russia's Kurgan and Chelyabinsk.