No Gas Deal Reached With Turkmens

Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov failed Sunday to set a time frame for the return of Turkmen gas flows to Russia, halted since April after a pipeline blast that left Ashgabat short of revenues.

On a more positive note, the two leaders presided over the signing of a production-sharing deal between Turkmenistan and Itera, a Russian midsize private gas explorer, for Block 21 on the Caspian Sea.

But Sunday’s meeting had been expected to generate a breakthrough on the Russian-Turkmen gas trade. Relations were soured after Turkmenistan accused Russia of suspending imports because Gazprom faced reduced demand in Europe and did not want to pay for expensive Turkmen supplies.

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The Moscow Times

14 September 2009

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