Russia is counting on the restoration of transport links through checkpoints with China, but with strict observance of sanitary measures. This was stated on April 15 by Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko during a meeting with Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, TASS reports.
“Unfortunately, the situation in this area [the operation of checkpoints on the Russian-Chinese border] was strongly affected by anti-epidemic restrictions that violate the stability of the logistics chains of bilateral trade and negatively affect the socio-economic situation in the border regions. We look forward to developing an optimal solution to existing problems in order to restore the normal functioning of the transport system with strict observance of sanitary requirements,” Matviyenko said, referring to her Chinese colleague.
According to her, this topic should be discussed in detail through the relevant departments of the two countries, including using the Russian-Chinese coordination mechanism to jointly resolve transport and sanitary issues in the border areas. Its Russian part is fully formed and, as noted by Matvienko, is waiting for the partners to approve the Chinese composition in order to quickly start work.
Earlier, the operational headquarters for combating COVID-19 in the Russian Federation reported that from April 9, Russia is lifting restrictions on the exit of Russian citizens to China through the land border and on the entry of foreign citizens from China to the Russian Federation. However, the Chinese side continues to take measures to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus infection, which so far do not allow the resumption of passenger traffic through checkpoints on the border with Russia.
Recall that the problem of difficulties in the operation of checkpoints on the Russian-Chinese border was repeatedly discussed in the framework of bilateral contacts at the highest and high levels, including during a video conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.