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Russian diplomacy will prevail

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The doctor of political sciences, William Engdal, believes that Turkey, being encouraged by Washington, is seeking a resumption of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. However, there are forces that oppose this: a meeting on the North-South transport corridor was recently held in Azerbaijan. The development of trade relations in the heart of Eurasia can damage the dominant position of the West. That is why Washington’s allies are trying to renew the Karabakh conflict.




The article by U. Engdahl (F. William Engdahl) appeared in May on the site "New Eastern Ferris".

Due to the recent tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the boiling conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Iranian counterpart went almost unnoticed. But Lavrov said that the development of the implementation of the North-South transport corridor along the Caspian Sea will begin. And it is important here that Azerbaijan also agreed to participate in the project.

If this is true, then this means that Russian diplomacy, driven by the desire to develop the economic infrastructure, has again outplayed Washington, who wants to wage wars all over the world to preserve the status of the United States as a superpower.

7 on April, at a meeting in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, several hours after the country's withdrawal from the full-scale military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, “provoked by Erdogan, a desperate Turkish president,” Sergei Lavrov told reporters that Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan agreed to start negotiations on the implementation of the transport corridor "North South". This statement was attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

Sergey Lavrov noted that there was a discussion of issues related to the material side of cooperation. “We agreed that our relevant departments will begin to detail the practical aspects of the implementation of the North-South transport corridor project along the western coast of the Caspian Sea,” the minister said. The implementation, he said, implies "work with the participation of ministries of transport, which must work out the technical and financial parameters of the project."

The agreement of Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan, Mr. Engdahl calls the "golden triangle". The initiative is a huge step towards the creation of a large economic space in Eurasia, a “Eurasian heartland”. This space, about the appearance of which warned the British godfather of geopolitics Sir Halford Mackinder, said that it would become a serious threat to the continuation of the hegemony of the British Empire (later the heiress of the United States).

The modern North-South transport corridor, whose project is known since the negotiations in 2002, will eventually link India, Iran and Azerbaijan with the countries and markets of the Eurasian Economic Union, which include Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus.

The transport corridor will change the economic space of Eurasia, the analyst is sure. It will transform the entire economy of Eurasia.

North-South will become a modern sea, rail and road route that will move cargo between India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and, perhaps, if only the EU countries ever "gain a sense and refuse to support the military government Ukraine and from sanctions against Russia ", between the states of the European Union.

The new corridor will connect some of the largest cities in the world, including Mumbai, Moscow, Tehran.

Back in 2014, two test routes were simulated. The first - from Mumbai to Baku through the Iranian port in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The second is from Mumbai to the Russian port in Astrakhan via Bandar Abbas, Tehran and the Caspian Iranian port in Enzeli. The purpose of the study was to identify and eliminate bottlenecks in the project. The study showed that transportation costs for the India-Russia route were reduced by $ 2500 per 15 tons of cargo.

A study conducted by the Federation of Freight Forwarders (India) made it possible to calculate that the project route will be 30% cheaper and 40% shorter than the existing routes (going from Mumbai via the Red Sea and Suez Canal, through the Mediterranean Sea and Gibraltar, through the English Channel to St. Petersburg and Moscow).

US staged a coup in Ukraine in February 2014 years, Engdahl writes further. “Corrupt oligarchs and neo-Nazis” are doing everything to break off relations between Russia and the EU. However, they had to temporarily abandon plans to break up the project of transport corridor "North - South". And now, along with the Chinese initiative “One Belt, One Way”, the large North-South project will create an integral economic, political and military space, which may soon lead to the “Eurasian century” - about the same as it was “ American Century. American world domination, which appeared on the scene after 1944, will be crushed in the same way as the Roman Empire in the fourth century of our era. Today, the East demonstrates the will to build, but the West, the analyst believes, is only capable of destruction.

16 May, we add, the results of the discussion by the heads of the Russian and Iranian railways about the prospects for cooperation in the development of the railway infrastructure of the Caspian Sea region became known. This was reported in the press release of Railways.

“Now the potential of our interaction is far from being used to the full. At the same time, the railways of Russia and Iran have gained experience in the joint implementation of infrastructure projects: in 2012, Russian Railways completed the electrification of the Tabriz-Azarshahr railway line, ” TASS words of the head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerova.

Has been affected and the theme of the formation of a direct rail link along the western branch of the transport corridor "North - South". According to the project envisages construction of the line Rasht - Astara highway, which will connect the railways of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. This will speed up the delivery of goods between the countries of Europe, the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

Following the meeting, the sides signed a protocol on the main directions of further cooperation between Russian Railways and the Iranian Railways. It is indicated that the parties will continue to cooperate in the implementation of joint projects, strengthening cooperation and attracting additional freight traffic to the North-South transport corridor.

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  1. Aleksander
    Aleksander 19 May 2016 06: 15
    +10
    A good project, but he has too many opponents. Interestingly, what prevents the Caspian from being used as this corridor itself?
    1. ARES623
      ARES623 19 May 2016 11: 56
      +4
      Quote: Aleksander
      A good project, but he has too many opponents. Interestingly, what prevents the Caspian from being used as this corridor itself?

      The main opponent of the project, like many other cross-border projects, is the slowness of our customs services and associated bureaucracy. Everything else is secondary.
    2. Megatron
      Megatron 19 May 2016 15: 16
      -1
      As far as I remember, in Iran and India different rail gauges
    3. mihasik
      mihasik 20 May 2016 11: 33
      +1
      Quote: Aleksander
      A good project, but he has too many opponents. Interestingly, what prevents the Caspian from being used as this corridor itself?

      The issue of building the Caspian-Persian Gulf canal through Iran has been raised and worked out several times. But such a "transport turn" in a sickle ..., you understand), not only the United States, England, Saud, but also Egypt, Turkey and a number of EU countries. Therefore, if they mature to build, they will constantly shove spokes in the wheels.
      And if they start building, I personally only - "FOR"! Finally, the issue of cleaning the rivers and canals from siltation in the Volga-Don basin will be resolved, which will lead to the release of springs, the filling and purification of rivers, and hence the improvement of the ecological situation. An additional effect is the reclamation of coastal lands.
      During the construction of the Caspian-Persian Gulf canal, this will have to be done in any case, because the passage draft of vessels now does not exceed 4 meters. That is, the full loading of ships, depending on the type of cargo, is already limited by the draft of the vessel, and this in turn affects the efficiency of cargo transportation.
  2. dmi.pris
    dmi.pris 19 May 2016 06: 25
    +6
    The ferry across the Caspian Sea on any railway route is more expensive and the throughput is lower. But .. Azerbaijan is not an ally here, I think. Can it be easier to agree with the Turkmens?
    1. Prokop
      Prokop 19 May 2016 06: 40
      +4
      Quote: dmi.pris
      The ferry across the Caspian Sea on any railway route is more expensive and the throughput is lower. But .. Azerbaijan is not an ally here, I think. Can it be easier to agree with the Turkmens?

      I agree with you about the high cost and lower throughput of the ferry, but about the Turkmenbashi, who is pecking grains from the Chinese palm, there are big doubts. After all, this project will create a lot of problems for the Chinese "silk", they can shit no worse than the Anglo-Saxons.
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  3. Sergerius
    Sergerius 19 May 2016 06: 32
    +3
    Azerbaijan has long been under the Turks, and financially supported by military equipment, it is unlikely that in the near future it will remain loyal to us.
    1. xetai9977
      xetai9977 19 May 2016 09: 08
      +21
      Strange comments have to read .... A good, profitable project. One of the initiators of which, incidentally, is Azerbaijan. It has been worked out for a long time. The Azerbaijani section of the road has long been ready. The construction of a border bridge across the river in Astara between Azerbaijan and Iran is in full swing. In a year, goods will go. Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia will also receive large profits. For example, cargo from Russia will very quickly reach the Persian Gulf and the Hindustan region. But for some reason, Karabakh and Erdogan were dragged into the article. Well, where are they? By the way, here I have to read a solid negative about my country. Some do not care what is written in the articles, just to pour bile to my country. There, recently, on the occasion of May 9, I commented on the memory of all those who died during the defense of the Motherland in a war in which my family lost 4 people, and there was a minus one! I am ashamed!
      1. Scandinavian
        Scandinavian 19 May 2016 10: 57
        +6
        You may be a good "magician", as you described yourself, but you are judged by the deeds, actions of the state, its leader and the attitude of the people to this or that issue. So most of yours are not all so warm to the Northern neighbor.
      2. testerman
        testerman 19 May 2016 13: 50
        +5
        Was not so long ago in Azerbaijan, I envy the white envy of the residents of the republic who drive on such roads. I can assume that the truck will fly along the Caspian Sea in 8-9 hours maximum.

        Yes, I forgot to add about baklava, abaldennaya vesch smile
        1. xetai9977
          xetai9977 19 May 2016 14: 13
          +3
          Thank you, Konstantin! Friends are always welcome! Yes, Azerbaijani cuisine is deservedly famous for its masterpieces)))
          1. testerman
            testerman 19 May 2016 14: 19
            +1
            Thanks Rauf. Just on Navruz came to Baku. It was a lot and very tasty.
            1. xetai9977
              xetai9977 19 May 2016 15: 18
              +3
              You can taste the real baklava and shekerbour just during the Novruz period! You can then buy it naturally, but then it will be consumer goods, not so tasty)) Sorry that I go beyond the scope of the site, but it’s impossible to stay here)) We invite everyone to Formula 1! In a month
              1. testerman
                testerman 20 May 2016 09: 16
                0
                Thanks for the invitation. Maybe at work and get to come.
                In Baku, On Bailova in Bagel, a very good baklava, kutaba, shekerbour is for sale. Near the cafe, there is always fresh meat, hot tandoor cakes and funky Lenkaran tea
      3. g1v2
        g1v2 19 May 2016 14: 34
        +1
        I agree . The project is quite profitable. If transit from Iran and India to Europe goes through us, then only for it. Here it would still be a problem to solve and it would be chocolate in general. Ah, Ukraine must be conquered already, and then all transit will be allowed through the Russian city of Uzhgorod. With a minimum of intermediaries. wink
      4. APASUS
        APASUS 19 May 2016 22: 04
        +4
        Quote: xetai9977
        But for some reason, Karabakh and Erdogan were dragged into the article. Well, where are they? By the way, here I have to read a solid negative about my country. Some do not care what is written in the articles, just to pour the bile into my country.

        I was in Baku for a long time, somewhere in the year 88, we installed a locator in the sea, local people know where.
        Many comments are subjective, of course, but Karabakh is chosen correctly. This is a pain point and if Azerbaijan doesn’t swing it, commercial projects will most likely leave the country forever. The assumption that Erdogan’s hand exists is not without foundation, I don’t think that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are so ready for combat that they allowed alone such an opportunity to resolve the conflict. The hand of a third country is clearly visible.
        Recently, the United States has somewhat criticized the Aliyev regime and the encirclement for pressing the opposition and calling the regime autocratic. I think Aliyev is a smart enough man and sees perfectly well what happens to the leaders of the countries in the "democratic world." Azerbaijan does not have much room to maneuver Erdogan and the United States is not the best team.
        I think the project is really successful and Baku will be interested, but how it goes we think we will see soon .............. not everything depends on the desire of the countries concerned
  4. ImPerts
    ImPerts 19 May 2016 06: 35
    +3
    If this is true, then this means that Russian diplomacy, driven by the desire to develop the economic infrastructure, has again outplayed Washington, who wants to wage wars all over the world to preserve the status of the United States as a superpower.

    wishing to wage war around the world to maintain US status as a superpower

    So that's where the dog rummaged?
    Reducing the cost of a ton of cargo at 175.000 rubles, that is, a car at 10.500.000 rubles is cheaper, this is a serious reason. I immediately recall Marx and his conclusion about the greed of capitalism.
    1. ARES623
      ARES623 19 May 2016 11: 52
      +3
      Quote: ImPerts
      Reducing the cost of a ton of cargo at 175.000 rubles, that is, a car at 10.500.000 rubles is cheaper, this is a serious reason. I immediately recall Marx and his conclusion about the greed of capitalism.

      Don't cast your shadow over the fence, pzhlsta. ... "transportation costs on the India-Russia route were reduced by $ 2500 for 15 tons of cargo" ... - this means that this amount has reduced costs for 1 TEU (20-foot container). The materiel, however ...
      1. ImPerts
        ImPerts 19 May 2016 15: 01
        +1
        Quote: ARES623
        by $ 2500 for 15 tons of cargo "... - this means that this amount reduced the cost of 1 TEU (20-foot container

        Most likely I made a mistake.
        Divide 10.500.000 Divide by 15. Get 700.000. At the same time, we multiply by 50 cars and ... And if by 100?
        35.000.000 and 70.000.000 rubles. And this is only the composition.
        1. ImPerts
          ImPerts 19 May 2016 15: 35
          0
          Which is also not enough)))
        2. ARES623
          ARES623 19 May 2016 17: 33
          0
          Quote: ImPerts
          Most likely I made a mistake.
          Divide 10.500.000 Divide by 15. Get 700.000. At the same time, we multiply by 50 cars and ... And if by 100?
          35.000.000 and 70.000.000 rubles. And this is only the composition.

          Well, if you edit, to the end. As a rule, 2 20-foot containers are mounted on the platform, and 80-foot platforms for 2 40-foot containers can also be found. Anyway, Caspian railway ferries take on board trains of 40-50 wagons or so. However, there are doubts about the amount of savings. From China to Spain by sea, 1 TEU costs 700-150 USD. From Ukraine to the border of the Republic of China-PRC, railway delivery is about 3900 USD. In addition, speaking of the Russia-India route, it would be necessary to more accurately indicate the end points. Mother Russia is huge, and India is not Liechtenstein. Works in Iran for a whole BAM. Twice by the sea, two times by rail - any cargo becomes gold.
  5. Bureaucrat
    Bureaucrat 19 May 2016 06: 36
    +3
    We are a major economic project, the State Department war.
  6. saper2463
    saper2463 19 May 2016 06: 37
    +8
    God forbid ...
    Only how many good projects have remained on paper ...
    1. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 19 May 2016 07: 51
      0
      And how many projects were really started, and then they began to destroy or completely collapsed?
  7. valent45
    valent45 19 May 2016 06: 44
    +1
    Isn’t it time to somehow influence Aliyev by pinning tails to Azerbaijanis in Russia?
    Erdogan is a pretty bad example for Aliyev. In general, I believe our embassies in many countries
    not working efficiently enough. In little Armenia, the Americans have several thousand employees in
    the embassy.
  8. tafalar
    tafalar 19 May 2016 06: 50
    +1
    and between Iran and India, the message is easy and trouble-free?
  9. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 19 May 2016 07: 09
    +2
    A country whose diplomacy and tactics of behavior is based on threats, blackmail and pressure sooner or later, but will pay for its policy. But the new project will be put sticks in the wheel using all its capabilities.
  10. sa-ag
    sa-ag 19 May 2016 07: 14
    0
    Well, transshipment of goods by rail through Iran looks much more realistic than digging a channel

    A decision was made on the construction of the TAP Azerbaijan-Turkey-Greece-Southern Italy pipeline, Iran had plans to transport its hydrocarbons through the Azerbaijani pipe
  11. Sars
    Sars 19 May 2016 07: 19
    +4
    The project is actually very relevant. From my experience I can say: they sent a container to Iran from Siberia, it was lost for two months in the deserts of Turkmenistan. Atvotransport is expensive to disgrace (no one wants to go through Dagestan - requisitions on the roads, plus bearded ones are afraid, Azeris are generally robbed of drivers).
  12. AID.S
    AID.S 19 May 2016 07: 39
    0
    This news about probable successes and profits was pulled up.
    1. Mikhail m
      Mikhail m 19 May 2016 08: 49
      0
      Maybe you should not visit this site?
      1. AID.S
        AID.S 19 May 2016 15: 35
        0
        If this is for the good of the country, then I am always ready! Well, as a pioneer.
  13. Nicola Bari
    Nicola Bari 19 May 2016 07: 42
    +5
    Something I do not believe in the success of this undertaking in a short historical perspective, despite the fact that the idea is good and is very beneficial to all participants. It would be the best option for Russia to have a direct connection with Iran, without intermediaries. The Baltic "tigers" have only now begun to wean themselves from the transit feeder, and it did not come cheap. Sooner or later, the same will happen here.
    1. avt
      avt 19 May 2016 08: 55
      +2
      Quote: Nicola Bari
      . For Russia, it would be the best option to have direct communication with Iran, without intermediaries.

      Actually, we have in the Caspian - there is nowhere more direct.
      Quote: Nicola Bari
      , despite the fact that the idea is good and very beneficial to all participants.

      In-in! Exactly what is beneficial to the participants! That is why envious people will not allow it to be realized. "South" ",,, Turkish" streams, for example, is beneficial to everyone, well, participants and even consumers. What is the bottom line?
      1. Nicola Bari
        Nicola Bari 19 May 2016 13: 34
        +1
        We have something (geography rules, of course :)), but it’s just not heard that they are going to develop this particular path.
        1. avt
          avt 19 May 2016 14: 36
          +1
          Quote: Nicola Bari
          We have something (geography rules, of course :)), but it’s just not heard that they are going to develop this particular path.

          And water transport is really not very audible and not very noticeably reanimate. On "Made with us" look at the pace at which the river-more vessels are being built. They are not very military and they do not spread about them here.
  14. Berber
    Berber 19 May 2016 08: 51
    +5
    The most important obstacle is the eastern mentality. It seems to be beneficial to everyone, but in the end some kind of bash will want bakshish and everything will rise.
  15. iliya87
    iliya87 19 May 2016 08: 56
    +1
    The Americans will not stop, they will shove their snout just to disrupt the agreements and any projects that interfere with them.
  16. kit_bellew
    kit_bellew 19 May 2016 09: 42
    -1
    Here, somewhere, I came across a note that the idea of ​​building the Caspian Canal - the Persian Gulf again stirred. You have already decided, gentlemen, transporters, what do you need - a railway or a waterway.
  17. 406ppm2gv
    406ppm2gv 19 May 2016 11: 55
    0
    The topic of the formation of direct railway communication along the western branch of the North-South transport corridor was also touched upon. The project provides for the construction of the Rasht-Astara line, which will connect the railways of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. This will speed up the delivery of goods between the countries of Europe, the Persian Gulf and South Asia.
    I would like the author to indicate on which track the Iranian site will be? We have 1520 mm in the CIS. I know that Azerbaijan is intensively buying rails from Russia.