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St. Petersburg-Tallinn rail link will go on - Russian Railways

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ST. PETERSBURG, May 12 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Railways president has dismissed reports that the new St. Petersburg-Tallinn rail link will be canceled as unprofitable.

Following a diplomatic spat with Estonia over a Soviet monument removal in late April, the Russian state railway monopoly said May 8 that the rail service from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, Estonia, would be canceled from May 26.

"We are repairing the railroad at the moment, and Estonians did the same last year," Vladimir Yakunin said after a conference with St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko, who had expressed concerns about the reported cancellation during negotiations with the Estonian foreign minister Saturday.

Estonian and Russian railway authorities put the rail link into operation from March 31.

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