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Estonia, Russia cut train links amid sanctions, soft demand

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The European Union on Wednesday opened an antitrust case against Russia's state-controlled Gazprom energy giant amid worsening relations between Brussels and Moscow. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The European Union on Wednesday opened an antitrust case against Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom energy giant amid worsening relations between Brussels and Moscow. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Train service between the capitals of Russia and Estonia has been suspended due to declining demand, reportedly for the first time in six decades.

The Estonian railway company GoRail said European Union sanctions against Russia have led to a sharp decrease in the number of Russians visiting Estonia, making the Moscow-Tallinn route unprofitable. GoRail spokeswoman Kersti Gorskov said the last overnight train from Moscow arrived at Tallinn’s main train station on Tuesday.

Go Rail, which had operated the Tallinn-Moscow route continuously since 1998, also dropped service to St. Petersburg earlier this month.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR said it’s the first time in 65 years that Estonia has no passenger rail connections with Russia.

Estonia, a former Soviet republic, regained independence in 1991. It joined the EU and NATO in 2004.

 

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