MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Exports of gas to CIS and non-CIS countries through the gas transportation system of Russia will reach about 210-220 bln cubic meters in 2018, the volume of supplies to the domestic market will remain at the same level, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak told reporters.
"The domestic market will stay about the same - 468 bln, we are targeting exports at 210-220 bln," he said.
In 2017, gas exports to CIS and non-CIS countries through the gas transportation system of Russia, according to the Ministry of Energy, rose by 7.7% to 227 bln cubic meters of gas, including 196.1 bln cubic meters for non-CIS countries, and 31 bln cubic meters for the CIS countries.
Novak added that the level of gas production will remain at the same level as the supply to the domestic market, however everything will depend on the weather conditions.
"As for gas, we focus on the production level of 2017. Everything will depend on the weather situation. If there is a warmer autumn, then the level will be lower - between the levels of 2016 and 2017. In 2017, as you know, we had the highest level of production of all time - 691.1 bln cubic meters," the Minister said.