Experts highly praise North-South Transport Corridor project between Russia and Iran

03.11.2017, Iran.

The International North-South Transport Corridor is beneficial to the economies of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran, stated experts on November 2nd, following the results of the tripartite summit of Iran, Russia, and Azerbaijan, which took place in Tehran the day before, TASS reports.

According to experts, the International North-South Transport Corridor can be a complement to the Chinese New Silk Road project. “The geographical boundary between Asia and Europe is at the Ural mountains, but the geopolitical boundary between the two macro-regions runs along the line  Azerbaijan – Russia – Iran”, said Oleg Larin, an expert of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). In his opinion, the implementation of this project will significantly reduce the cost of transporting goods, which will increase the efficiency of this transport direction.

Vladimir Sazhin, a senior researcher of the Center for Near and Middle East Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, noted the political will to implement this project, which “has been spoken about for fifteen years”. “I hope that problems from a political point of view have been resolved at this summit, and now it is all up to the people who deal with this issue,” Vladimir Sazhin said.

According to experts, the International North-South Transport Corridor can be named “the second Trans-Siberian Railway“. After completion, the North-South corridor will span from St. Petersburg to the port of Mumbai (India). The total length of this route will be 7.2 thousand km. It will then connect Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and India.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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