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Russia offers pipeline placement to export gas to Pakistan

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In a hallmark development, Russia has offered to install pipeline for exporting gas to Pakistan.

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The proposal that stanched, afraid that Moscow would lose the European Union energy market due to a impasse with the US and Europe over the Ukrainian issue, said officials.

Couple of days ago, another issue sprung after Turkey gunned down a Russian fighter jet flying over the Syrian border. Turkey has been fulfilling half of its gas needs through imports from Russia.

Now, it is likely that the US would jump in and begin exporting gas to capture the EU market, which would be a huge blow for Russia.

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Earlier, to substantiat the project, a Russian delegation visited Pakistan last month and discussed plans for placing a gas pipeline during a meeting of the Pakistan-Russia Inter-governmental Commission.

An official aware of the development said, the delegation expressed keen interest in building the pipeline for gas export to Pakistan, and this line would be snaking through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Russia has also offered liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies to Pakistan that would be continued for next two years to meet its increasing energy needs.

On the other hand, Turkmenistan, Afghanista, Pakistan and India are busy on building a transnational gas pipeline, called Tapi. This project would also pass through Afghanistan, reaching Pakistan to India.

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