RZD and Talgo have also signed an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation with both deals signed at the St Petersburg International Economic forum on June 18 in the presence of Russia's president Mr Dmitry Medvedev and Spain's prime minister Mr José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
The three trains for the Moscow - Berlin route will have gauge-adjustable wheelsets so that they can switch from broad to standard gauge at the Belarus-Polish border. This, together with carrying out border controls on-board and the ability to tilt in bends, will cut the Moscow - Berlin journey time from 27 to 18 hours. The Moscow - Kiev journey time will be reduced from 13 to 7 hours.