The media learned about the failure of Russian Railways to buy a stake in the Greek port of Thessaloniki

The Railways refused to participate in the privatization of one of the main Greek port of Thessaloniki. About it “RIA Novosti” said a source familiar with the plans of the Russian monopoly.

“With regard to the tender for the privatization of the port of Thessaloniki, the Railways do not intend to participate in it,” he said.

To buy the Greek railway operator TrainOSE is a Russian company not refused, said the Agency interlocutor. According to him, representatives of monopoly recently visited Greece and started the preparation of documents for participation in competition on purchase of TrainOSE

The documents should be submitted to the Fund for privatization of Greece’s HRADF five days later, on March 21. “It was in preliminary discussions with private banks on the allocation of credit in case of purchase of Greek Railways, the preliminary agreement there,” he added.

Intentions to buy Greek TrainOSE and Thessaloniki port, the Russian company said in 2013. In addition to these two assets, there were plans about buying and repair company ROSCO. Vladimir Yakunin, head of Russian Railways in the period assessed the value of all assets “in the hundreds of millions of euros”: in particular, €100 million for the port and €30 million for the rail operator. He also noted that he expects help from the state in the financing of the transaction.