UIC suspends cooperation with Russian and Belarusian members
The international rail association UIC has suspended cooperation with its Russian and Belarusian (Belarusian) members. The organisation says this suspension will remain in force until peace is restored in Ukraine.
UIC states that it suspends these members in order to ensure that it can continue constructive and technical cooperation based on trust with its members and that they also want to show its solidarity to the citizens of Ukraine.
“We want to show our support for Ukrainian Railways. They have to work under extremely difficult conditions and show that railways must and can be important for the transport of people, including humanitarian aid and evacuation”, said UIC. The organisation also calls on other rail companies to commit themselves to Ukraine.
Ukrainian Railways has been calling for the exclusion of ‘enemy countries’ railways from international organisations for some time now. “We urge that the railways of hostile countries be barred from all international organisations and that the carriage of goods and passengers with them be stopped. In addition, we are calling on the manufacturers of railway rolling stock to close their factories in Russia and Belarus”, they responded to the news from UIC.
The rail organisation also mentions the appeal of Allrail, an organisation for passenger transport. Last week, she called on operators to end all cooperation with Russian Railways.