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Russian Gas Major Eyes Turkmen Oil Fields

The Russian party told Niyazov that Russia was seeking to expand its contacts

Turkmen President Saparmurad Niyazov, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for International Energy Cooperation Igor Yusufov and gas monopoly Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Ryazanov discussed cooperation in the oil and gas sphere in Turkmenistan.

The Russian party told Niyazov that Russia was seeking to expand its contacts, not only in the traditional gas sector, but also in the oil sector.

Commenting on the implementation of a Turkmen-Russian agreement dealing with cooperation in the gas sector in the period until 2028, Ryazanov said that cooperation is developing normally, and there are no disputes or unresolved issues. ?We are transiting gas bought by Ukraine in Turkmenistan, there are no problems here. This year transit is being carried out as planned and may even be slightly higher. We plan to keep our promise and transit gas through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia next year,? he said.