NOVOSIBIRSK, June 23. /TASS/. The West-East transport corridor will be extended across Siberian regions to Mongolia and China, Russian Deputy Prime Minister said via a video link at the International Siberian Transport Forum.
"We will extend the West-East corridor across Siberia to Mongolia and China and this is not a mere statement. We will definitely approach the Ural, then we will go from Chelyabinsk to Tyumen, and the next decision approved by the President is the partial extension to four lanes for Omsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Chita, Gorno-Altaisk, and approaching borders of China and Mongolia. We have never built earlier transport corridors of 7,000 km long," Marat Khusnullin said.
According to the earlier approved Russian transport strategy, high-speed automobile traffic is planned to be formed as part of the West-East transport corridor from the border with Belarus via Smolensk, Moscow, Kazan and Yekaterinburg to Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and the largest cities of Siberia, with a branch line to Kazakhstan.