MURMANSK, October 15 (RIA Novosti)
Russia plans to build a new export terminal capable of shipping 18 million tons of coal a year via the Barents Sea by 2018, Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun said on Monday.
The Lavna terminal at the Murmansk port will be built on the western coast of the Kolskiy bay to provide a cheaper route of coal shipments to Europe.
The Murmansk port has obvious competitive advantages as it is a deepwater facility that has direct access to the sea and does not freeze, Kovtun said.
“Today this is a truly strategic port for Russia,” she said.
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.