Lithuania tightens control over railway cargo from Belarus
Through the establishment of an X-ray control system, Lithuania has strengthened control over freight trains traveling from Belarus to the territory of the country and to the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation. This is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to the telegram channel of the community of Belarusian railway workers.
The control system has been installed at the Kyana station on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. It scans trains traveling in both directions at speeds up to 60 km/h in automatic mode. This allows for full X-ray control of all freight cars. The system is designed to operate around the clock. On average, 8-9 freight trains per day pass through Kyana railway station.
According to Lithuanian Finance Minister Gintare Skaiste, the main goal of establishing a new control system is to prevent smuggling, as well as to protect the country national security interests.
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The press release states that the X-ray control system was installed as quick as possible “due to the changed geopolitical situation.” The cost of the project amounted to 5.6 million euros.
By the end of the year, a similar system should also be installed at the Kybartai station on the Lithuanian-Russian border. The installation of an X-ray control system planned by Lithuania on the Russian-Lithuanian border will allow full control of cargo deliveries from Kaliningrad to Russia and the CIS countries.
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