Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to submit proposals for the construction of a railway line to the Barents Sea in the northwest of the country, while Moscow seeks to develop the Arctic.
Putin has placed the Arctic region in northern Russia at the top of his strategic goals and ordered high investments in military infrastructure and mining.
“The Russian president has asked the prime minister to make proposals for the construction of a railway link to the Barents Sea,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
The deadline for submitting proposals is May 10. Four years ago, Finland and Norway announced joint plans to build a railway line that would run from northern Finland to the Barents Sea.