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Ashgabat Clarifies Issue of Gas Supplies to Russia and Ukraine for EU Parliament Delegation

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21.06.06, by Turkmenistan.Ru 
As the State news agency (TDH) reported yesterday, on June 20, 2006, a delegation of the European Parliament led by Albert Yan Maat met with a delegation of the Ministry of oil and gas industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan within the framework of the European Parliament delegation's visit to Turkmenistan.

During the constructive dialog, the sides discussed issues of Turkmenistan's cooperation with various states in the oil and gas sphere and development of fuel-energy sector of the country.

In particular, European Parliament members inquired about Turkmen gas supplies under the contract with Russian Gasprom.

In this respect, the Minister of oil and gas industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan, Gurbanmyrat Atayev, told the European delegation that in the end of 2005 the Turkmen side signed a contract with Gasprom for supply of 30 bln cubic meters of Turkmen natural gas in the first half of 2006 at US $ 65 per 1000 cubic meters. This contract will expire in approximately two months.

In this regard, the issue of signing a new contract for the second half of 2006 and fixing the price for the next three years came up, Gurbanmyrat Atayev noted. That is why, during the visit by Gasprom CEO Alexander Miller to Turkmenistan on June 19, 2005, the Turkmen side offered to fix the price at US $ 100 per 1000 cubic meters of gas for the second half of 2006 which is quite good price. However, the Russian side proposed keeping the price at US % 65 per 1000 cubic meters of gas. The Turkmen side categorically refuted such proposal and the contract was not signed.

The Minister of oil and gas industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan said that if the contract with Gasprom on Turkmen natural gas supplies is not signed within coming one month and a half, then Turkmenistan will halt gas supplies. The Turkmen side hopes that the Russian side will come back to the proposal by Turkmenistan and will pay it due consideration.

"As regards Turkmen natural gas supplies to Ukraine, Atayev explained that Ukraine doesn't have its own pipelines for transportation of gas from Turkmenistan. That is why this issue can be resolved when the Ukrainian side makes arrangements with the transit countries," Gurbanmyrat Atayev said.