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Creation of a common transport and logistics infrastructure with Asia is the task of Russian Railways in the face of Western sanctions

Alexander Saltanov, vice president of Russian Railways, spoke in his interview to RIA NOVOSTI about the company's work under the sanctions and the prospects opening up in the east.

The Vice President noted that Russian Railways continues to pay close attention to building effective and mutually beneficial relations with partners from Asian countries. At the same time, in the context of sanctions from the United States and the European Union, this direction of the company's activities becomes even more relevant.

Russia's main partners in the eastern direction in the field of logistics, according to Alexander Saltanov, are the DPRK, South Korea, China and Mongolia. With these countries, joint projects are being implemented to create a single transport and logistics infrastructure. The creation of such an infrastructure is also aimed at increasing the transit potential of Russia in creating unified chains of cargo delivery from the Asia-Pacific region to Europe.

The Vice President gives a significant role to the development of scientific and technical cooperation with the Asia-Pacific countries by attracting investments in high-tech sectors, sharing knowledge and scientific personnel, introducing energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Such high-tech projects, on the one hand, will help the development of Russian high-speed and high-speed passenger traffic (railways) in the main directions of international traffic, and on the other hand, they will provide irreplaceable experience for Asian partners: our modern competitive technologies using satellite systems, organization of heavy cargo traffic , the combination of mass transportation of goods and passengers in one infrastructure.

If we talk about China, first of all we need to keep in mind the development of existing border crossings, notes Alexander Saltanov. At the moment, Russia-China transportation is carried out through three border crossings: Grodekovo-Suifenhe, Zabaikalsk-Manchuria and Mahalino-Hunchun. Now a project is underway to create a border crossing Nizhneleninskoe-Tongjiang. At the same time, it is planned to significantly increase the volume and expand the range of goods transported through existing transitions.

As for Chinese investments in Russian projects, good prospects are opening up thanks to the Memorandum on cooperation between the Ministry of Transport of Russia, Russian Railways, on the one hand, and the State Committee for Development and Reform of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Railways Corporation, on the other. The memorandum was signed during the meetings of the heads of government of Russia and China in October this year and is aimed at cooperation in the field of high-speed rail communication. First of all, this concerns the construction of terminal and logistics complexes in the Far East.

If we talk about South Korea, then there are also significant positive shifts. Thus, in November 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Russian Railways and a consortium of South Korean companies Korail, POSCO and Hyundai Merchant Marine. At the same time, it is planned to create a joint company with South Korean partners on the territory for the purpose of direct participation of the South Korean side in project Hassan-Rajin.

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