Russian President Vladimir Putin made a rare international appearance at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, addressing a live audience and inviting other countries to participate in the development of the Northern Sea Route. He emphasized the importance of the route in connecting Russian ports with ports on the coast of the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. Putin also highlighted Russia's efforts to build railway routes towards China, Mongolia, and other ports. The article mentions that the successful development of the Northern Sea Route would make Russia critical to global trade and communications between Asia and Europe.
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