According to Ivanov, sanctions are for a long time and Russia needs to change the transport system so that restrictive measures do not affect it
If Russia launches the North— South» and will receive a full-scale access to the Persian Gulf, “no sanctions will affect it,” said Sergey Ivanov, special presidential envoy for environmental protection, ecology and transport, RBC correspondent reports.
“We must get used to the idea that that there is no going back. As it was, it will no longer be. Everything will be different. This should be reflected in the transport industry, of course, in the first place,— said the special envoy of the head of state.
In particular, we are talking about the development of the transport corridor “North” — South,” which is “vitally important,” Ivanov continued.
“If we get a full-scale exit through sea and rail routes to the Persian Gulf, of course, as they say, you won’t catch us, you won’t catch up with us … [Then] no sanctions will affect us. Sanctions — this is for a long time, if not for a very long time. We need to change the transport system in terms of geography, — said the presidential envoy.
According to the Yale School of Management, after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, more than 1,000 international companies said they would reduce business in Russia, suspend some or all operations in the country, stop investment in development, or leave completely. For example, the Danish logistics company Maersk, one of the largest sea freight operators, has already left. The Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA CGM have also suspended the booking of ships (booking) in the direction of Russia.
The fact that the authorities are considering the transport corridor “North” as a solution to the existing difficulties; South,” Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev reported in May. The Caspian ports of Astrakhan on the Volga, Olya on the Volga-Caspian Canal and Makhachkala on the Caspian Sea serve as part of this corridor, which is still in the project stage. It will link the Baltic countries with India via Iran. This is expected to be a faster and less costly alternative to the Suez Canal.
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