Pipeline gas supplies from Russia to Pakistan possible: Putin
President Putin and Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif discuss, among other things, the building of a gas pipeline, the infrastructure of which is ready.
The infrastructure for pipeline gas deliveries from Russia to Pakistan has already been built, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said this on Thursday.
"There are very interesting and large-scale projects. This is the so-called Pakistan Stream. It is about creating the necessary infrastructure for the supply of liquefied natural gas. We are talking about the supply of pipeline gas from Russia to Pakistan — and this is also possible, bearing in mind that part infrastructure has already been created — Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan. We need to resolve the issue with Afghanistan," Putin said at a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the SCO sidelines in Samarkand.
He pointed out that there were problems in Afghanistan related to political stability.
"But bearing in mind our mutually good relations with the Afghan people, I hope that this problem can also be solved — I mean Pakistan's influence on the situation in this country," the President added.
Putin, Sharif discuss the construction of gas pipeline on SCO sidelines: Novak
Putin and Sharif met in Samarkand before the SCO summit to discuss, among other things, the building of a gas pipeline, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
"[The leaders] discussed the construction of the Russia-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan gas pipeline. Of course, taking into account security guarantees. And the ... [leaders] gave such instructions — to work out the issues of building such a gas pipeline — to various departments," Novak told reporters.
The parties also discussed topics pertaining to international economic and energy cooperation, according to the source.
"As for LNG supplies, this issue has also just been discussed. We will additionally work with our companies on the possibility of LNG supplies to Pakistan," he said.