A cargo has passed already via the transit hub in Ulyanovsk for the British contingent in Afghanistan, and its further operations will be run by commercial companies.
"The combined transit route across Ulyanovsk has become part of the so-called northern transport network. A batch of cargo for the British contingent in Afghanistan did a trial pass through Ulyanovsk in December 2012," Russia's NATO Ambassador Alexander Grushko said in an interview with Interfax.
"Further plans will depend entirely on the outcome of commercial talks between carrier companies," he said.
Transit routes across Russia to Afghanistan and backwards, developed during the International Security Assistance Force's operation in that country, can be used beyond 2014, the Russian diplomat said.
"After 2014 the amount of cargo to be shipped will obviously decrease, as the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan will shrink. But it is evident that these schemes have been recognized globally," Grushko said.
International carriers will actively use them to deliver cargoes directly to Afghanistan and further to Asia, he said. "This could give an additional impetus to the development of transport communications on Russian territory," Grushko said.
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