Russia sets to reach a deal with Japan on the construction of a 28-mile-long railway bridge that will connect Moscow and Tokyo, Newsweek writes on July 18.
The project has been repeatedly discussed by the leadership of the two countries. As the newspaper notes, during the previous presidential term of Vladimir Putin, Russia significantly intensified its activities in its interaction with Japan. Last year, Vladimir Putin raised the issue of this project, saying that the railway communication between Russia and Japan will have a “planetary" significance.
Since then, the future of the project was unclear, but, according to the Russian ambassador to Japan, Mikhail Galuzin, the railway construction is still under discussion. The head of the diplomatic mission said that the initiative was discussed by the intergovernmental trade and economic commission, and also was raised at meetings with the Japanese businesses.
It is planned that the bridge will connect the Russian island of Sakhalin with the northernmost island of Japan in Hokkaido. The railway is supposed to pass through the Strait of La Perouse.