Russia’s Putin says pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan are potential, part of infrastructure in place

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday that pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan had been potential and part of the infrastructure was already in place, Russian state-owned new company RIA reported.

Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met on Thursday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Samarkand, in Uzbekistan.

“The prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s dedication to work intently with Russia to additional develop and strengthen cooperation between the 2 international locations throughout all areas of mutual profit together with meals safety, commerce & funding, power, defence and safety,” a press release from Sharif’s workplace stated.

The two sides agreed to convene the subsequent assembly of the Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) in Islamabad at an early date, it stated.

The long-delayed gas pipeline very important to the south Asian nation’s economic system — the Pakistan Stream gas mission, often known as the North-South gas pipeline — is to be constructed in collaboration with Russian corporations.

The two international locations agreed in 2015 to construct a 1,100 km-long pipeline to ship imported liquefied pure gas (LNG) from Karachi on the Arabian Sea coast to energy crops in the northeastern province of Punjab.

The pipeline’s designed annual capability stands at 12.4 billion cubic metres (bcm), with the chance to be elevated to 16 bcm.

The mission, due to be launched in 2020, was delayed after Russian had to exchange the preliminary participant, which was hit by Western sanctions.
Sharif has stated in latest weeks that his authorities was additionally in shopping for wheat from Russia if it was provided at higher charges.

His predecessor, Imran Khan, visited Moscow in February, the day Russia invaded Ukraine. Khan alleged the go to angered the United States, which he later accused of conspiring to topple his authorities. Washington denies the allegation.

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