We have been discussing the possibility of using our financial reserves for a long time. We have several of such sources. For example, the National Welfare Fund resources. These funds must be applied to the development of the Russian economy and for future generations. These funds should not be frittered away or be used to purchase non-existent programs. Rather, they should be directed to projects that will change the face of the country and open up new prospects for development. That is why we made another important decision: to invest RUB 450 billion in payback infrastructure projects, of course on a repayable basis... What are these projects? One of them is the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail line. In fact, it will become a pilot part of the route connecting the Center, Volga and Urals Economic Regions.
Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
In accordance with the 2030 Transport Development Strategy (recall that it was adopted back in 2008), special attention will be given to rapid and high-speed rail lines, which can achieve very high speeds: the high-speed rail lines should be able to run up to 400 km/h. They are, of course, completely different railways.
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
The high-speed railway will definitely give our region a new boost. We are extremely interested in implementing the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail line project and commissioning before the start of sports events at the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The high-speed rail line in this case will become an important component in providing transportation support for the World Cup, as it will link three cities that are holding matches – Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.
We are doing everything to ensure that this project is implemented.
Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan
In terms of their influence and synergistic effect, I would compare in all seriousness the launching of high-speed rail projects with the space exploration projects... They will act as a spur to Russia's innovative development. In fact, we are talking about creating demand for qualitatively new rail technology that will help develop 19 sectors of the Russian economy that support rail transport, including all the side benefits.
Vladimir Yakunin, President of OAO Russian Railways
The construction of the high-speed rail line and its current apparent Moscow-Kazan main line present a definite area and an entire field for innovation. In this case, we are tasked with implementing of a range of solutions and innovations connected not only with multiple units traveling at speeds of up to 400 km/h, but also with providing appropriate infrastructure, a management system, and traffic safety.
Maksim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation