Russian Deputy PM Invites China to Explore Northern Sea Shipping Route

© Sputnik / Igor RussakVice-prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (center) on board the warfare craft at the opening ceremony of the Fifteenth International Maritime Defense Show in St.Petersburg.
Vice-prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (center) on board the warfare craft at the opening ceremony of the Fifteenth International Maritime Defense Show in St.Petersburg. - Sputnik International
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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the most important thing is to work with those who could provide cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday that he hoped to prove to China the benefits of using the Northern Sea Route for shipping.

"The most important thing is to work with those who could provide cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route. That is above all with giants such as China," Rogozin said in an address to lawmakers in the upper house of the Russian parliament.

Krasin icebreaker operated by FESCO Group during mooring at the Vladivostok port. The icebreaker has completed navigation in the Eastern Arctic region, providing pilotage of the vessels along the Northern Sea Route - Sputnik International
Northern Sea Route Crucial to Russia for World Ocean Access
The Northern Sea Route is a shipping lane running along the Russian Arctic coast, allowing passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Northern coast of Siberia. In June 2015, Russia announced 2015-2030 development plans for the Northern Sea Route.

"That is why we are planning, within the framework of our bilateral commission, for one of the meetings with my counterpart Vice Premier Wang Yang to take place in the Arctic region so that they can see and be persuaded about the safety and reliability of this route," Rogozin stressed.

Russia has been actively pursuing efforts to develop its Arctic territories, including hydrocarbon production and the development of the Northern Sea Route, which is gaining importance as an alternative to traditional routes from Europe to Asia.

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