“The beginning of the year was a record in terms of cargo transportation across the Russian-Chinese border.

According to the Harbin Railway, in the first month of 2023, about 1.5 million tons of cargo was transported through the Zabaikalsk-Manchuria railway checkpoint, which is 82.9% more than in January last year, ”RIA Novosti quotes a statement from the diplomatic mission.

It is noted that the supply of coal from Russia has almost doubled, and on the eve of spring agricultural work, the import of Russian fertilizers has increased significantly. 

It is also added that against the backdrop of the recent lifting of anti-epidemic restrictions in China, "an even greater increase in trade with Russia is expected this year."

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that half of the trade turnover between Russia and China is serviced in yuan and rubles.