Ukraine (bbabo.net), - Russia and Kazakhstan are discussing the creation of a triple gas union with Uzbekistan, so that Russian gas goes to the East.
Vladimir Putin and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed the creation of a tripartite gas union at a meeting in Moscow. “During the talks in the Kremlin between the presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia, it was about creating a “tripartite gas union” consisting of Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan in order to coordinate actions in the transportation of Russian gas through the territories of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan,” said Ruslan Zheldibay, press secretary of the President of Kazakhstan , reports Tengrinews.kz. Experts from the three countries will look for a rational solution, taking into account the interests of all parties, he added.
“The Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan will continue to create favorable technical and economic conditions for the transit of energy resources through each other’s territories to third countries in accordance with international obligations,” says the Declaration on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, which was The meeting was signed by two presidents.
The talks were held within the framework of the XVIII Forum of Interregional Cooperation between the two countries, where the Russian president announced the reorientation of export-import operations to new markets: “Work is underway to equip and improve the efficiency of the new East-West and North-South international trunk corridors.”
Prior to this, the President of Kazakhstan noted that the two countries have issues that require additional approvals and even negotiations, in particular, this concerns the gas sector.
The transcontinental system of gas pipelines "Central Asia - Center" passes through the territory of the three countries. Built during the Soviet era, it was intended to supply gas from Turkmenistan to Russia. Gazprom estimates the capacity of the system at 80 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
“So far there is little information, but judging by the wording used by the official representative of the Kremlin, we can talk about the transit of Russian gas to new markets through these countries. What has become especially relevant in the context of the declarations on the EU's refusal of Russian gas, as well as sanctions and sabotage actions against the gas transport infrastructure linking Russia and Europe,” says Alexei Grivach, Deputy Director of the National Energy Security Fund (NESF).
Obviously, we can talk about the supply of Russian gas to Iran. In Tehran, they talked about a swap of 10 billion cubic meters: fuel from Russia is supplied to the energy-deficient north of the country, and Iran, in exchange, supplies the corresponding volumes to Asian countries. True, the necessary infrastructure for this is not yet available.
Another direction is the unfinished Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.