Archive for the ‘Russia’ Category

The Railway Route From St. Petersburg To The Shores of The Persian Gulf

Via Modern Diplomacy, an article on the new railway route from St. Petersburg to the shores of the Persian Gulf: The construction of the Astara-Rasht transport corridor indicates the realization of Russia’s historical aspirations, Iranian ‘Akharin Khabar’ writes. The project received not only economic, but also strategic importance. The adviser to the ex-president of the […]

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Iran, Russia Ink $1.6B Rail Deal To Rival Suez Canal

Via Al Monitor, a report on a recent agreement between Iran and Russia to build a railway between two Iranian cities as they continue to develop their trade relations despite US sanctions: Iran and Russia signed a major railway agreement on Wednesday. The deal is part of the International North–South Transport Corridor the two countries […]

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Competition Among Ports in the Caspian Sea and the Significance of the Port of Baku

Via The Jamestown Foundation, a slightly dated but relevant look at competition among ports in the Caspian Sea: On July 29, the Russian government issued an order concerning plans for the development of federal transport, railway, information and communications infrastructure that includes the construction of Port Lagan, in the Republic of Kalmykia (, August 3). […]

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Kazakhstan and Russia To Construct Gas Pipeline To China

Via Geopolitics in South Asia, a report on a planned Kazakh/Russian gas pipeline to China: Kazakhstan and Russia have established the route for a future gas pipeline to support shipments between the two countries and to China, Kazakhstan’s energy minister said on Tuesday. The pipeline would help Russia, hit by Western sanctions over its invasion […]

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Persian Gulf To Be Connected To Caspian Sea Via Rail In 2 Months

Via Tasnim News, an update on the rail connection between the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea: The managing director of Iran’s Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructures Company (CDTIC) said the Persian Gulf will be connected to the Caspian Sea via rail within the next two months. Kheirollah Khademi announced this on Sunday, adding […]

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Uzbekistan-Russia Energy Relations: A Tale of Two Problems

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at Uzbek-Russian energy relations: Faced with dwindling gas sales to Europe, Russia has been re-routing its stranded gas reserves to countries like Uzbekistan, where infrastructure for pumping gas is already in place. This renewed cooperation presents both a problem and an opportunity for Tashkent. A flurry of recent bilateral […]

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