Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Russian Federation, China, And Germany Consider Updated Rail Links Between Pacific Ocean And Europe

"Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to build an oil pipeline to China and signed off on a raft of other agreements Tuesday.

The leaders also discussed ways to jointly counter the global financial crisis, just three weeks before leaders from Russia, China and other countries gather for an emergency summit in Washington to grapple with the same problem.

"It's hard to find another country in the world that is our partner with such a wide range of interaction," Putin said after the talks....

Russian Railways, which plans to cut spending next year and seek about $6 billion in loans, has asked China to join efforts to develop rail links from the Pacific Ocean to Europe, company president Vladimir Yakunin said. He said China had reacted positively to an offer to join the company's venture with Deutsche Bahn to carry out the project."

Anatoly Medetsky "Putin, Wen Sign Off on Oil Pipeline" The Moscow Times October 29, 2008

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While Ukraine has one Autonomous Region (Crimea), the Russian Federation has numerous Autonomous Regions.

Image credit: (c) Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection University of Texas at Austin. With thanks.


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