The leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia officially announced the opening of the new Silk Road, which will connect Great Britain and China. This is a 826-kilometer (500-mile) section of the railway that connects the three countries, thereby providing freight and passenger communications between Europe and China.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project is a decisive step forward. This land route will be one of the variants of the Silk Road, which can provide land transit of goods between China and Europe.
The railway project, connecting Baku with the north-eastern province of Turkey Kars via Tbilisi, was launched in 2007, and construction began in 2008. The line, covering 105 km of the new route, will be able to pass up to 1 million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo. According to Erdogan, by 2034 this capacity will increase to 3 million passengers and 17 million tons of cargo.