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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.

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