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India, Russia Discuss Development Of Northern Sea Shipping Route: Interfax

Russia wishes to make the Northern Sea Route, which runs along Russia's northern coastline and is the shortest shipping route between East Asia and Europe, a significant shipping lane and has invested heavily in infrastructure there

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Russia and India are considering extending the use of the Northern Sea shipping route that goes through the Arctic, which could include the construction of processing facilities, according to Russia's Interfax news agency on Wednesday.

Russia's minister for the development of the Far East and the Arctic, Alexei Chekunkov, is visiting India, and one of the main issues discussed with Indian officials was the “reliable and safe” transportation of goods via the Northern Sea Route using Russian and Indian ports, according to Interfax.

“It was especially noted that the cost of delivering a container from Vladivostok to India is one-third less than the cost of shipping a container from Moscow,” a Chekunkov statement said, according to the news agency.

Last year, India, which has not openly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, overtook China as the biggest buyer of Russian oil.

Russia wishes to make the Northern Sea Route, which runs along Russia's northern coastline and is the shortest shipping route between East Asia and Europe, a significant shipping lane and has invested heavily in infrastructure there.

It is presently not used in the winter due to thick ice. However, as the Arctic warms, Moscow intends to start year-round shipping by the end of this year.


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