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Construction of the first bridge across the Amur between Russia and China will begin in the coming months.

The construction of the first bridge across the Amur between Russia and China will begin in the coming months and will be completed before 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, director general of the Russian direct investment fund, told reporters.

According to him, a memorandum on investments in the construction of a railway bridge was signed following talks between the leaders of Russia and China in Shanghai today. "This is the first bridge between Russia and China, now there are no bridges between our countries at all: neither road, nor railway," Dmitriev said.

He noted that "construction will begin in the coming months." “And we hope that it will be completed by 2016,” Dmitriev said.

According to him, the bridge will shorten the route for Russian cargo delivered to China by 700 kilometers, and will also "greatly increase Russian exports." "The bridge will annually transport 21 million tons of goods exported to China," he said.

The construction of a railway bridge will allow creating a new export corridor between Russia and China and removing infrastructure restrictions on the transportation of goods from new fields being developed in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. The transition will also significantly increase the freight turnover and competitiveness of Russian producers and exporters in the region, reducing the distance to the final consumer by about 700 kilometers compared to other existing export railway routes.

In addition, according to Dmitriev, following the results of the negotiations, two more memorandums were signed - on investments in a logistics company and a memorandum on cooperation in the field of tourism.

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