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Gas union with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan will increase export potential — Novak

"This collaboration on gas supplies has the potential to grow. Technical details will be ironed out soon," the official stressed

SAMARKAND, December 2. /TASS/. Russia plans to use the "tripartite gas union" project with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to meet the countries' domestic gas needs and to build up export potential, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Friday.

"Since we built a gas transportation infrastructure that connects Russia's unified gas transportation system with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, gas is now delivered through the infrastructure. We will use it more extensively in the future, including for local needs in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as well as to expand export supply potential," Novak said.

Novak said earlier on Friday that Uzbekistan is interested in creating a "tripartite gas union" with Russia and Kazakhstan. "We agreed to continue the conversation. We are prepared to expand gas supply to Uzbekistan, as gas consumption in Uzbekistan is increasing and will continue to rise in the foreseeable future. This collaboration on gas supplies has the potential to grow. Technical details will be ironed out soon," Novak said.

When asked if Uzbekistan is interested in establishing a gas union, Novak said, "Of course. We agreed to continue working because there is a demand for greater Russian gas supply to Uzbekistan. We must first resolve technological and commercial difficulties."

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated on November 28 during a meeting with Mikhail Mishustin that during previous negotiations, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the need for a trilateral union involving Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.