Russia is boosting its exports of oil and gas to Asia after years of focusing almost entirely on supplying Europe. Moscow
also has ambitious plans to develop its railroads, roads, seaports and
airports in the east of the country with the aim of providing a reliable
transportation link between Asia and Europe.
“The first and main thing we’re going to do is develop transport infrastructure,” Putin told regional business leaders.
He played up Russia’s common economic space with neighbors Kazakhstan and Belarus as opening “a direct route to Europe for business in the Pacific region.”