The Economic Times: Russia and India to discuss project of transport corridor through Turkmenistan

The Economic Times: Russia and India to discuss project of transport corridor through Turkmenistan

Discussion of the idea of developing transport corridor passing through the territory of Turkmenistan is expected to become one of the agenda items of the upcoming Russian-Indian summit dialogue.

Moscow will launch talks with Delhi for the creation of a corridor connecting Russia-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman-India, writes The Economic Times with reference to official sources.

This topic will be discussed during the 19th Russian-Indian summit, which will be held on 5 October in the Indian capital with the participation of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It is assumed that the mentioned corridor will complement the International North-South Transport Corridor, the Indian project for the development of the Iranian port of Chabahar in the Gulf of Oman and the Ashgabat Agreement on the regional transport corridor Middle East-Central Asia.

India’s accession to the Ashgabat Agreement came into force in February this year.

The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a multimodal route initiated in the early 1990s by Russia and designed to ensure the cargo flows between St. Petersburg to the Indian port of Mumbai. In 2000, Russia, Iran and India signed an agreement on the corridor, which was subsequently joined by over ten transit countries. In the Caspian region, the eastern branch of the INSTC runs via the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway.