MEI: Russia will get its own alternative to the Suez Canal


In the West, attention is paid to Russia's transport projects, in particular, the North-South corridor, which is supposed to link the Russian Federation with Iran, with a subsequent exit to India. In particular, the article of the American Middle East Institute (MEI. Washington, DC) is almost entirely devoted to this topic, although until recently this international project was discussed, and without much enthusiasm, only by the press of the countries concerned. However, with the transition from conversations to implementation, they became interested in the idea overseas.


In particular, the author of the publication, an expert on Iran, Alex Vatanka, draws attention to the fact that, although the world is focused on the deal of the Islamic Republic with China worth $ 400 billion and calculated for a quarter of a century, economic integration with Russia is equally important.

Moreover, the potential of bilateral trade is still not fully realized.

Obviously, Tehran has always hoped that closer ties will help not only in the economic integration of Iran with Russia, but also in cooperation with its other neighbors in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Take the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a 4500-mile transport system that includes rail, road and sea routes connecting India and Russia through Iran. North-South is seen by its proponents as a game changer [in global trade] that will shorten the distance and lower the cost of transporting from South Asia to Europe via Iran and Russia. The most enthusiastic supporters of the project even call it a serious competitor of the Suez Canal in terms of trade between East and West.

- says the researcher.

Russia, Iran and India signed an agreement on the creation of the North-South corridor back in 2002, and although progress towards its actual implementation is slow, gradual progress continues. Azerbaijan is also involved in the idea, providing an important part of the railway route.

Iran and Russia announced that a permanent sea route between the two countries will be opened in September 2020. The port of Astrakhan will be linked to two similar facilities in the Iranian city of Bandar Anzali.

Moscow also plans to build a new port near the city of Lagan (Republic of Kalmykia), worth $ 1,6 billion and a declared cargo turnover of 12,5 million tons.

The Iranian authorities, as the author notes, are extremely interested in the North-South corridor, since it will allow them to anchor the largest economic centers of Eurasia, from the European Union and the Russian Federation to Japan, and force them to invest in the Islamic Republic.
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  1. steelmaker Online steelmaker
    steelmaker 20 August 2020 18: 25
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    signed an agreement on the creation of the North-South corridor back in 2002

    And nothing has changed!
    1. akarfoxhound Offline akarfoxhound
      akarfoxhound 21 August 2020 08: 23
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      Nothing, this is not a sortir in the village to build. Over the Suez Canal to recall the time from idea to implementation - not a snap of the fingers was produced.
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 20 August 2020 18: 27
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    Only with stubborn interference and failure of all intentions, this route has not been created for Russia until today ... Pavel-1 was already preparing the laying of routes and an exit (the Cossack units under the leadership of Platov had already begun to assemble) to Iran and India, together with Napoleonic France. It was this intention that became one of the main reasons for the assassination of Paul-1 ... By any means, they closed Russia's exit to the south, Persia and India, the fiefdom of the British ... Finally, work began on this route to the Indian Ocean, why slowly, yes the same barriers and obstacles ...
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 20 August 2020 18: 30
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    Moscow also plans to build a new port near the city of Lagan (Republic of Kalmykia), worth $ 1,6 billion and a declared cargo turnover of 12,5 million tons.

    - Why is it profitable for Russia ... - it's just money down the drain ... - Iran and India ... It is so dumb and risky to conclude such deals with Iran that only a madman will agree to this today ...
    - And India ... - Pakistan is not enough for India ... - Give it also Iran ... - And what "Hindu whims" Russia has to endure, communicating with India ...
    - No, well, what will Russia do with such problem states ... - It's easier to forward one more pipeline to Turkey ... - Hahah ...
    1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 21 August 2020 08: 26
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      Moscow also plans to build a new port near the city of Lagan (Republic of Kalmykia), worth $ 1,6 billion

      This is the most important thing - it is necessary to "cut the loot" "in an adult way": to build something unnecessary, but expensive, and then safely "forget" about it under the standard excuse - "the changed economic situation" ... so to speak - "business for Russian "- to build something monumental," global ", in order to" cut "there loot on a global scale, why bother with" little things "... yes
    2. akarfoxhound Offline akarfoxhound
      akarfoxhound 21 August 2020 08: 36
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      You, of course, know better - with whom to build relations - with India or not. Why do we need the Indian water area in trade, I support, right! Are there any proposals for the Foreign Ministry between the borscht?
      PS Here "hakhaski" for sufficient serious argumentation at the end of the comment to insert? laughing laughing laughing
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 21 August 2020 11: 29
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        Even a "litmus test" - who supports the route or not, a visual aid for the influence of enemies on the most profitable route for Russia to the Indian Ocean and its countries ...
  4. commbatant Offline commbatant
    commbatant (Sergei) 21 August 2020 19: 25
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    Iranian authoritiesas the author notes, very interested in the North-South corridor, since it will allow to tie to itself the largest economic centers of Eurasia, from the European Union and the Russian Federation to Japan, and will force them to invest in the Islamic Republic.

    What is the interest of the Russian Federation? Since when will Iran think about the economic benefits of the "Little Shaitan" .....