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'Iron silk road' threatens to sidetrack Russia

Trilateral rail project offers southern route for China's Belt and Road initiative

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev,far right, joins Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, next in front row, at the opening ceremony for the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in Baku on Oct. 30.

BAKU -- The leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia officially opened Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway here in the Azerbaijani capital on Monday, opening the possibility of a southern route for trade between China and Europe.

"Today we are opening an important component of the new silk road connecting Asia to Europe," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening ceremony. "We announce today that China to London railway link is established."

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