Azerbaijan to become OTIF’s 50th member state
Azerbaijan's minister of foreign affairs has signed the instrument of accession to the convention concerning international carriage by rail (Cotif). Following the signing, the republic will become the 50th member state of Otif.
Azerbaijan has land borders with Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Iran. Situated at the crossroads of the routes linking Asia and Europe, the Caucasian country has a little over 3,000 km of railway lines and electrified lines using 3,000 V (3 kV) DC. On 8 May 1883, a 550 km long railway line between Baku and Tbilisi (Georgia) went into service. More than a century later, the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars line project will soon link Azerbaijan and Turkey via Georgia. (ben)