ULAN-UDE, March 14. /TASS/. Construction of a gas pipeline to China will enable to expand development of gas infrastructure in adjacent Russian regions, President Vladimir Putin said during the visit to the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant on Tuesday.
"You see how it was evolved: the gas pipeline system since times as early as of the Soviet Union - the East of the country was not developed in this aspect, there were no gas transport networks, everything was developed in the European part," Putin said. "Gazprom has an idea of connection the European system of gas pipelines and the Far Eastern system," the President added.
"When agreements with our Chinese friends are finalized and we understand where final routes will be, then the item will be put forward to expand gas infrastructure development in these regions. This will push forward development of machine-building, development of the economy at large, the metals industry, and jobs," the head of state said.