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The Meridian Highway (in green) will be part of a Western Europe-China Highway (in red), which will cover approximately 5,000 miles and eventually connect the ports of Hamburg and Shanghai

A 1250 kilometer long road through Russia, which will offer the shortest route to move goods between Europe and China, has been approved by Moscow

  • The privately financed road runs from the border with Belarus to the border with Kazakhstan
  • Construction has already begun and is expected to take around 12 to 14 years
  • It is the brainchild of Alexander Ryazanov, former vice-president of Gazprom
  • I hoped that the road would shorten truck routes between West China and Europe
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A new road with a length of 1250 km through Russia got the go-ahead, creating the shortest route to move goods between Europe and China.

The privately funded Meridian Highway, now approved by Moscow, runs from the border with Belarus to the border with Kazakhstan.

Construction has already started at the Russian end and is expected to take around 12 to 14 years – with an estimated 600 billion rubles (£ 7.5 billion).

The Meridian Highway (in green) will be part of a Western Europe-China Highway (in red), which will cover approximately 5,000 miles and eventually connect the ports of Hamburg and Shanghai

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The Meridian Highway (in green) will be part of a Western Europe-China Highway (in red), which will cover approximately 5,000 miles and eventually connect the ports of Hamburg and Shanghai

At the western end, the four-lane highway will enter Belarus near Smolensk, halfway between Moscow and Minsk. At the eastern end it comes near Sagarchin on the border with Kazakhstan.

It is the brainchild of Alexander Ryazanov, the former vice-president of gas giant Gazprom, who already owns about 80 percent of the country whose road is expected to continue.

It is hoped that the road will disappearhorten trucking routes between freight hubs in Western China and Central Europe and offer a faster alternative to three existing rail corridors – including the Trans-Siberian railroad and the Suez Canal.

The road is expected to offer a faster alternative to three existing rail corridors, including the Trans-Siberian railroad (photo)

The road is expected to offer a faster alternative to three existing rail corridors, including the Trans-Siberian railroad (photo)

The road is expected to offer a faster alternative to three existing rail corridors, including the Trans-Siberian railroad (photo)

The Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev is said to have approved the first phase of the project, according to the Russian state agency RIA Novosti. It will be funded as part of a partnership between private investors with state support.

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Sergei Sanakoyev, the head of the Russian-Chinese analytical center, told The Moscow Times that he was the highway is economically responsible and can create more jobs and new sources of revenue for transit for Russia.

& # 39; The question is whether or not Ryazanov has sufficient financial and administrative resources and the right people & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I don't see it now. & # 39;

The road is part of a highway between Western Europe and China, which will extend over 5,000 miles and eventually connect the ports of Hamburg and Shanghai.

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