At the meeting of RF Government, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu suggested the development of coal transportation towards the southern regions – through Western Mongolia to China and then to other countries, the meeting transcript reads.
Our program implies the construction of a railway from Kuragino southwards to Kyzyl. From Kyzyl this can be going on through Western Mongolia to Urumqi, China, and then in any direction: to Pakistan, India, anywhere. It would considerably unload this central part, as we discuss a lot the necessity to redirect cargo flows, coal flows in particular. If such a project could be approved and developed together with the Chinese partners, they would play the most active role in it,” the minister said.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered to work on the Minister’s proposal.