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25 May 2023, 15:42

Options for building Belarusian port in Russian Murmansk discussed

MINSK, 25 May (BelTA) – Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko met with Governor of Russia's Murmansk Oblast Andrei Chibis and discussed options for building a port in Murmansk, BelTA has learned.

Roman Golovchenko said: “There are several proposals that we intend to examine thoroughly and choose one of the options. Then I will report the government's proposals to the head of state for the sake of making the final decision. After that we will very promptly move to the business planning stage, including structuring, legal work on the deal, as well as to economic matters.”

The prime minister stressed that logistics became particularly important in the last few years. “Our interests are in Murmansk now due to a combination of unique factors. First, the ice-free Kola Bay. Second, free access to two oceans. Those, who operate via Murmansk, face no risks that may potentially arise due to navigation freedom problems in the Baltic Sea. We can expect anything from our former partners, this is why we need an insurance policy,” Roman Golovchenko noted.

Apart from that, according to Roman Golovchenko, future belongs to the Northern Sea Route. “The railway network is well-developed. A massive investment program to build new approach roads is being implemented. The throughput capacity of the railway transport infrastructure in this direction is very good. Taking into account the combination of all these indicators, we decided to focus on Murmansk Oblast,” he explained.

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