Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Economic Development Dmitry Kisilevsky plans to submit amendments to the draft state budget for 2022 in order to prohibit the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from buying imported trains and locomotives at budget expense.

Dmitry Kisilevsky, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Economic Development
Dmitry Kisilevsky, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Economic Development

As Railway Supply. magazine informs, he wrote about this in his column on “Economicheskaya Pravda”.

“The government’s intentions to provide budgetary funds for the renewal of railway equipment are welcome. In general, it is planned to allocate UAH 10 billion for the modernization of the railway infrastructure, compared to UAH 4 billion this year. With these funds, among other things, it is planned to purchase 100 passenger cars and 12 trains for “Ukrzaliznytsia”, – said the deputy.

At the same time, he noted that it is fundamentally important that these funds be earned for the Ukrainian economy, and not for someone else’s. “The photoshoot of officials against the background of the Stadler passenger train, which was assembled at a plant in Belarus, is surprising. I still cannot understand what it is: such an extravagant foreign policy step in support of the Belarusian economy or the government’s failure to understand that Ukraine has a full-fledged railway transport industry and the possibility of localizing imported equipment,” Kisilevsky said.

As the deputy head of the economic committee noted, such strange and openly harmful steps for the economy are intended to exclude the bill # 3739 on localization.

“But for obvious reasons, our international “partners” are blocking it. However, little by little it becomes clear to everyone that the creation of jobs in Belarus, Poland, France or any other country at the expense of taxes paid by Ukrainian citizens is a shot in the foot. I will propose amendments that will not allow buying imported trains or locomotives for budgetary funds,” the deputy stated.

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