Russia officially completed its section of the first China-Russia railway bridge on April 27. The project was previously delayed for years.
According to Russian news agency TASS, Moscow is prepared to open the bridge to traffic. In addition, Russia awaited its Chinese partners to announce their section was also ready. The bridge is expected to open within a month.
The structure’s full name is the China-Russia Tongjiang-Nizhneleninskoye Bridge. It links Tongjiang, a city in China’s far northeastern Heilongjiang province, with Nizhneleninskoye in Russia.
Back in 2008, Russia and China reached an intergovernmental agreement to build a cross-border railway bridge. The construction started in 2014.
As RFA reported, the bridge has a total length of 2,215 meters, with the Chinese side responsible for 1,886 meters of it. However, Russia did nothing to construct its shorter section until 2016.
The bridge connecting Russia and China’s railway systems was finally completed in August 2021.
Only a few months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the bridge was suddenly announced to open within a month. The move sparks speculation among netizens.
In March, the U.S. said the Russian government had requested China for military equipment and other assistance.