Russia discussing 'gas union' with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

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# 29 November 2022 12:48 (UTC +04:00)

Russia is discussing a possible "gas union" with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to support shipments between the three countries and to other energy buyers, including China, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Tuesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Novak provided no further details of what the gas union would entail or what stage the discussions were at.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's spokesman said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed such an idea in a meeting with Tokayev on Monday. He also provided no details.

While Russia is a major natural gas exporter, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan produce roughly as much as they consume. The two countries are connected by a gas pipeline to Russia, and a separate pipeline crosses both on its way to China.

However, both pipelines mostly pump gas from Turkmenistan, while Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have never reported any transit shipments of Russian gas to China or any other countries.