Negotiations on deliveries of blue fuel will be at the level of senior leadership
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Gazprom this year plans to buy 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Uzbekistan. The Russian company is negotiating a mid-term agreement, and continues to work on the technical assignment to prepare a preliminary feasibility study of field development, “JAL”. It follows from the materials prepared for the meeting held today, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripova, who is in Moscow on a working visit.
In addition to questions about the supply of “blue fuel” from Uzbekistan and building of trade relations, the Prime Ministers discussed preparations for the upcoming state visit of the new President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Russia and the progress of work on projects that prepare for approval to the summit.
— During the visit it is expected to sign large numbers of documents on a variety of fronts. We need them to be of high quality and very significantly pushed forward the cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan, that they were the basis for building friendships for the future in trade-economic sphere and other issues of mutual interest, — said Dmitry Medvedev.
The head of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers said that between Moscow and Tashkent has always been a good partnership, the development of which Russia is interested.
To visit you need to remove all the issues that could arise from signing such a big package of documents, allowing to raise the cooperation between our countries to a new level, to reach a new volume of mutually beneficial relations. It concerns economic, humanitarian issues and other important matters aimed at the development of the economies of the two countries, said Abdullah Aripov.
Countries implementing joint projects in various industries, including the oil and gas industry. In particular, the Russian company LUKOIL with a total investment of $5 billion, is the largest foreign investor in Uzbekistan. At the end of last year, the Republic asked Russia to organize the deliveries of Russian oil on the domestic market on the main oil pipeline Omsk – Pavlodar – Shymkent – Zafarobod. However, in January the Russian side denied this request, citing a lack of technical capacity in Uzbekistan. To help in this matter volunteered Kazakhstan represented by KazMunaiGas. The company is ready to consider possibility of transit of Russian oil to Uzbekistan via the oil loading rack.
Russia is the main trade-economic partners of Uzbekistan, taking turnover of second place among all countries with whom the Republic. Over the past year, 2.3 times increase in the export of Uzbek agricultural produce on the Russian market in monetary terms amounted to $114 million.
According to the Federal customs service, trade turnover between Russia and Uzbekistan in 2016 reached $2.7 billion, including Russian exports of $1.9 billion and import of $76.1 million Total trade turnover between the countries last year decreased by 5% compared to the year 2015 to $4.2 billion Today in Uzbekistan operates more than 960 companies with Russian capital. The volume of Russian investment in Uzbekistan’s economy exceeds $7 billion.
The level of trade between the two States also plan to raise with the supply of fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan to Russian end-users in the framework of the “green corridor” – a bilateral agreement was signed earlier this year. In 2017 will be supplied to the Russian market more than 1 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables.