Russia and China open first road bridge

The first road bridge between Russia and China opened for freight traffic on Friday amid the deep crisis in relations between Moscow and the West over the Russian military offensive in Ukraine.

Construction of the 1,080-meter-long crossing between the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk and China’s Heihe across the Amur River began in late 2016, on both sides simultaneously. The total investment amounted to 19 billion rubles ($325.4 million), 14 billion ($240 million) of which was contributed by Russia. The opening of the bridge was originally planned for November 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

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