Chinese banks had given Gazprom a $25 billion loan so resources existed to build a transportation network, the minister said, describing Gazprom as “a highly powerful company”.
President Vladimir Putin announced earlier this month that the government and Finance Ministry should consider recapitalizing for the amount needed to advance the project in Russia’s eastern regions.
However, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukaev told ITAR-TASS that financing could be provided from the National Wealth Fund. Decisions on this would be taken this year though no detailed discussion had taken place yet, he said.
The deal with China will supply 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually.