Kremlin urges legislation allowing Foreign vessels on Northern Sea Route to Boost International Logistics

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The Russian government is being urged to pass legislation to allow foreign vessels to use the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in order to boost international trade. The NSR is a shipping route that runs from Murmansk in Russia to the Bering Strait near Alaska and has the potential to cut sea transport times between Europe and Asia. The proposal emphasizes the need for new transit routes due to Russia’s declining trade with Western countries following its military involvement in Ukraine. The Russian government plans to implement projects that would enable the shipment of around 80 million tonnes of goods per year via the NSR by 2024.

However, the NSR poses challenges as it requires the assistance of icebreakers to navigate through the northern coast of Russia, where sea ice is prevalent. Levitin called for the quick adoption of rules and regulations to govern the passage of foreign vessels through the NSR. The push to open the NSR to foreign vessels aims to enhance international logistics and potentially reduce transport times between Europe and Asia.

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