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World'Meridan' highway, connecting China to Europe through Russia, gets green light

04:15  10 july  2019
04:15  10 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The Meridian highway falls under China ’s ambitious transcontinental trade and infrastructure project called One Belt, One Road, which Russia supports. In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited China and took part in the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

The Russian government has approved construction plans for a toll highway that will dramatically cut cargo shipping times between Europe and China The Meridian would span 2,000 kilometers from the Russia -Kazakh border to a junction of an existing highway that connects Minsk, Belarus, with

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A new highway stretching 1,250 miles through Russia has received the green light from officials.

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Direct cargo trains between China and Europe are no longer a logistical novelty but are a core strategy for many companies to get products across Eurasia in less than half the time it takes to ship by sea for And he said, ‘Can we not connect right through the Trans-Siberia routes and then go further in?’

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The "Meridan" highway will reach almost 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) long and will run westward from the country's border with Kazakhstan, creating the shortest route to move goods between mainland Europe and China, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

The agency said that Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev approved the first phase of the project, which will be funded as part of a partnership between private investors with state support.

The project will cost an estimated 600 billion rubles -- around $9.4 billion. RIA Novosti reported that more than 80% of the land needed for the construction of the highway has already been bought.

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The construction of the first private highway «Meridian» which will connect China and Western Europe was approved by Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. This information is provided in the report following the cabinet of ministers meeting on June 24. The information was also confirmed by

The new road will also improve European access to Western Russia and Central Asia by car.

The project is just one of many aiming to improve infrastructure and connectivity in the area.

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) -- a global infrastructure policy aiming to build ports, roads and railways to create new trade corridors linking China to Asia, Africa and Europe.

CNN's Darya Tarasova and James Griffiths contributed to this report.

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