"These eight trains, which [now] run in the Russian direction, could have become a significant relief for Ukrainian citizens who want to travel inside the country. They would generate at least the same profit, and, I suppose, even larger than they are now generating in the eastern direction," Omelian told a press briefing on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
The minister noted that there is currently unsatisfied demand for domestic transportation within Ukraine, especially in the western direction. Therefore, in his opinion, Ukrzaliznytsia will not suffer any losses from the possible cessation of railway services with Russia.
Omelian stressed that he continued to hold the view about the need to close transport services with Russia, but noted that the timing of such a decision had not yet been discussed.
"As soon as a respective decision is made, we will definitely announce it," he added.
It is noteworthy that Omelian Aug. 16 signed a landmark document which has not been disclosed so far. However, it is already known that it has something to do with the transport connection with neighboring Russia.
On Aug. 6, Omelian said that Ukraine could completely cease the railway connection with Russia. On the same day, the deputy president’s commissioner to Crimea proposed to cease bus service between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.