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Russia transport ministry to protect projects of bridge across Lena river, seaport Taman

May 14, 2014, 14:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia's transport Minister Maxim Sokolov noted that the bridge across the Lena River and the new port of Taman “are actually strategic initiatives for our transport system and for all Russia”
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MOSCOW, May 14./ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Transport Ministry will promote investment projects to build a seaport of Taman on the Sea of Azov coast in the south of  Russia and a motor bridge across the Lena River in the largest north-eastern Russian city of Yakutsk, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said.

He noted that the bridge across the Lena River and the new port of Taman “are actually strategic initiatives for our transport system and for all Russia.”

“Certainly, the situation is changing. It may also change in geopolitical and financial aspects,” the minister noted, adding that “But today the project of a bridge across the Lena River passed many stages of its development and contest procedures were finalized in April. Today bidding talks are on with the winner. Certainly we will also protect interests of transport infrastructure development in the Far East,” Sokolov said.

He produced the same arguments in favor of implementing the project of Taman seaport. “As for Taman, the project has also passed many stages of its development. This project is about to pass a survey at the main state expertise directorate in terms of design documentation. This is a project that is envisaged in all documents of strategic and budget planning, including the law on budget. Therefore, we will certainly protect implementation of this project in the same way, but probably with due account of prospects for development of the transport system which will certainly take place soon over Crimea’s reunification with Russia. The Transport Ministry is preparing its position and will also protect this project,” the Russian transport minister stated.

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