Eurasia Review: North-South Transport Corridor Will Work Against EU Sanctions

More and more articles and comments appear abroad about the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC; International North South Transport Corridor), which should connect Russia, Iran and India, as well as a number of transit states of Eurasia.

In particular, the American Internet resource Eurasia Review writes that President Vladimir Putin praised the corridor as a "truly ambitious project" that is the centerpiece of Russia's efforts to "improve the transport and logistics architecture of the region."

The Ukrainian crisis, the material notes, has breathed new life into the route, which is a "7200-kilometer patchwork of separate railways, highways and sea routes connecting Russia and India through Iran." If successful, the corridor, which runs through Russia, Central Asia, the Caspian Sea, Iran and the Arabian Sea, will reduce travel times for goods.

Russia needs Iran, because transit through its territory links this great Eurasian power with their common strategic partner, India, which ensures Moscow's strategic autonomy in these new international conditions.

Laying new routes to the east, and Moscow is very serious about implementing them, especially since EU sanctions are expected to remain - even after the conflict with Ukraine ends

says analyst Chris Devonshire-Ellis.

The shipment in June of two and then in July 39 containers from Russia to the Indian port named after Jawaharlal Nehru in Mumbai served as a pilot project for the corridor.

The goods were transported from St. Petersburg to Astrakhan, from where they were sent to the Iranian Caspian port of Anzali. Then they were delivered by road through Iran to Bandar Abbas, from where the cargo went to Mumbai. The whole journey in both cases took 24 days.

Earlier, the media wrote that the new transport corridor is extremely beneficial for Tehran, as it largely removes the effect of Western sanctions from it.

However, such an ambitious project has many questions. In particular, we are talking about the nuances of the customs policy, as well as bottlenecks in the transport infrastructure, which each of the countries participating in the association has more than enough.

Nevertheless, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and India continue to invest billions in transport (railway, road, port) infrastructure.
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 5 August 2022 19: 00
    I have already mentioned the North-South not only India, but also Southeast Asia, East Africa, up to Australia. With a working corridor, many economic relations will open up ... The Russian Federation was fixated on Europe, the vector of economies is changing, and now it's time to refocus on rapidly developing economies.
    1. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 6 August 2022 17: 36
      Europe was mainly focused on the foam that emerged after the collapse of the USSR. From the predatory elite to the Russophobic intelligentsia.
  2. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 5 August 2022 19: 06
    The weak link here is Azerbaijan, a country closely linked to Turkey. And for Turkey, this project is completely unnecessary, since it plans to dig an understudy of the Bosphorus and take a fee for its passage
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 5 August 2022 19: 29
      (Colonel K) I would not say that Turkey is not interested in going straight to the Indian Ocean without Suez and other troubles. The second passage of the Bosphorus, this is already internal affairs and additional opportunities and receipts ...
    2. sat2004 Offline sat2004
      sat2004 6 August 2022 07: 44
      Not only the weak link. Azerbaijanis will interfere in every possible way.
    3. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 6 August 2022 17: 44
      Without a public-private partnership, this project is not feasible. The true Turkish state elite is a fiercely pro-American army that no national leader has been able to keep in check.
  3. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 5 August 2022 19: 12
    For this to happen, Russia simply needs to take Iran under its nuclear shield.
    1. sat2004 Offline sat2004
      sat2004 6 August 2022 07: 47
      Accept Georgia and Iran into the CSTO.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 5 August 2022 21: 39
    All true.
    Despite all the wins, any roads and transport routes are a big plus in development.

    The next question is to have something to trade. Articles that not only India, China, the West, but Iran has already prepared to carry raw materials in exchange for products, are not encouraging.
    1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
      Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 5 August 2022 21: 55
      Well, at least you can trade agricultural products. Both Iran and India need grain. Russia has grain potential
  5. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
    Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 6 August 2022 04: 10
    Project across the Silk Road.
  6. opportunist Offline opportunist
    opportunist (dim) 6 August 2022 05: 46
    all these projects should have been completed at least 10 years ago. we have lost a lot of valuable time listening to the liberal lobby that has influence in the current regime. since 2014 and after the coup in Kyiv, we have all seen that the West has returned the rhetoric of the cold war against Russia .and that sooner or later we will be subject to sanctions on all branches of trade.
    1. guest Offline guest
      guest 6 August 2022 21: 29
      Unfortunately, not everyone saw, or rather simply did not want to see.
    2. Vova Zhelyabov Offline Vova Zhelyabov
      Vova Zhelyabov (Vova Zhelyabov) 7 August 2022 05: 58
      Russia enforced anti-Iranian sanctions.