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MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Gazprom is preparing a new contract for gas supplies to Slovenia.
"Gazprom with its Slovenian partners is working on a new contract on gas supplies until 2022," the Russian leader told reporters after talks with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor.
According to him, at today's meeting the two leaders "discussed quite successful projects, quite successful cooperation between the two countries in energy sector."
"Russia meets 70 % of Slovenia's demand for natural gas," Putin said.
Putin is confident that the partners in the Russian Federation and Slovenia will manage to agree on supplies of energy carriers in the near future.
"Today we discussed (with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor - TASS) continuation of supply of energy carriers. I am confident that the partners will agree on it to in the near future," Putin said after the talks with the Slovenia’s President.
The Russian leader noted that the two countries also have great potential for cooperation in other areas.
"Are the political restrictions hampering it? Of course, they are. But it seems to me, they can be overcome, they won’t always be a factor in international politics, international affairs," he said.
Putin added that even now, in conditions of restrictions, Russia and Slovenia have managed to overcome the decline in the bilateral trade. The Russian leader attributed this to the stabilization of the ruble exchange rate, the situation on the energy market and some other factors.
"In this sense, I have a very good forecast: I think that this year our turnover will be growing and enter the area of positive figures," the Russian leader said.