According to “Gazeta.uz”, the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan and the Russian Gazprom signed a road map for cooperation in the gas industry. A week earlier, Gazprom signed a similar document with Kazakhstan. In November, Russia proposed to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to create a “tripartite gas union”.
The Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov and the head of the Russian Gazprom Alexei Miller on Tuesday signed a road map for cooperation in the gas industry, the company’s press service reported.
During the meeting, the parties “considered current and promising issues of interaction”, the message says.
The details of the document are not given.
A week earlier, Gazprom signed a road map with Kazakhstan. The document concerned the possibilities of Russian gas supplies to Kazakhstan.
At the end of November 2022, it became known that Russia proposed to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to create a “tripartite gas union”. The Russian side stated that this proposal does not imply the supply of gas in exchange for political conditions, but it is about the coordination of commercial interests.
Energy Minister Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov in December, against the background of the energy crisis that began in Uzbekistan with the onset of cold weather, said that Uzbekistan was negotiating to import gas from its neighbors – as part of a commercial contract, and not through “some kind of alliance or union.”
Later, “Gazeta.uz”, citing its own sources, wrote that this issue was discussed with Russian partners during a series of bilateral meetings.