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India Seeks Russian Gas through China Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 08:30 PM

BEIJING:  New Delhi is negotiating a gas deal with Gazprom, which would connect a natural gas pipeline from Russia that would run through China's Xinjiang region and flow to Indian power plants. 

According to the Voice of Russia, "India intends to hold negotiations, concerning the extension of a gas pipeline from Russia through China to the Indian border, Indian newspaper Financial Express says, citing the source. The issue may be discussed during BRICS summit in July. The negotiations may be continued during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in India, in the end of the year. India's Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has already discussed the issue with his Russian colleague Aleksandr Novak during the most recent World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, Financial Express says. Russia hasn't commented on the issue yet."

India is struggling with severe power shortages and the gas deal could rescue the ailing Indian economy.

As reported  by the Voice of Russia, "India wants to receive Russian gas through the Chinese region of Xinjiang in the west of China. In May, Russian Open Joint Stock Company Gazprom signed a contract with Chinese company CNPC that stipulated the supply of up to 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the pipeline Power of Siberia. The pipeline goes from the Russian city of Irkutsk through the city of Blagoveshchensk and ends in the east of China, far from the Chinese region of Xinjiang."

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to make a state visit to India near the end of this year.

To read the entire article from the Voice of Russia, link here:

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