According to the report of Mehr news agency quoted by Sputnik, the attempt of Iran and Russia to circumvent the sanctions in the Russian-Iranian railway contract has caused great concern to the United States.
“Vedant Patel“, the deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State said on Wednesday in a comment about the Russian-Iranian rail project: “Any action to circumvent the sanctions imposed on Russia and Iran will cause great concern to the United States.”
Commenting on the Russian-Iranian railway, the deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State said that any action to circumvent the sanctions imposed against Russia and Iran will cause great concern to Washington.
He added: “Any action or project that is done to circumvent the sanctions is something that is of course deeply worrying for us. “I don’t have a specific assessment of the Russia-Iran rail agreement, but there are reasons why we should implement such tough sanctions, and any attempt to circumvent them would cause us great concern.”
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had agreed to sign a contract to build the Rasht-Astara railway as the last part of the North-South corridor. Putin noted that the establishment of the North-South rail corridor will be used to transport food to consumers in Iran and Africa.
The Rasht-Astara Corridor is a bridge connecting European countries with the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. The 7200 km long network of highways, sea routes and railways makes the North-South international transport corridor the shortest communication route (about 35 to 37 days) between Russia and India.
The North-South Corridor would give India more direct access to Central Asia and Russia, while allowing Iran to become a hub It gives regional transit.
The North-South Corridor can be a serious competitor to the Suez Canal in trade between East and West. The cost of transporting goods in transit through this route is 30% cheaper than other routes in the region, and the time of transporting Indian goods to Russia is reduced by half through the Suez Canal. The North-South Corridor, which was of interest even before the war in Eastern Europe and the insecurity of Russian ports in the Black Sea, has gained importance with the energy crisis and the grain crisis caused by the Ukraine war. Geo It made itself more strategic.
Mehrdad Bazarpash, Minister of Roads and Urban Development in separate meetings with Alexander Novak Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Vitaly Saulif The Minister of Transport of Russia finalized the cooperation documents of the two countries in the construction of the Rasht-Astara railway, which will be signed in the presence of the highest executive officials of the two countries. Referring to Iran’s hosting of Russia’s first cargo ship, the Minister of Roads and Urban Development considered these traffics a big step in the maritime trade between Iran and Russia and stated: The understanding between Iran and Russia for shipbuilding in the Caspian Sea is important and development Combined transport with the arrival of Russia’s first transit cargo last year via the inter-corridor route international North-South can promise more effective transportation cooperation.