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Croatia Backs Kazakhstan's Bid To Join WTO


http://gdb.rferl.org/795C8031-F73B-4CED-8B09-43FDA7D3FB41_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/795C8031-F73B-4CED-8B09-43FDA7D3FB41_mw800_mh600.jpg Croatian President Stipe Mesic (right) welcomes Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in Zagreb (epa) July 11, 2006 -- Croatia today signed a transportation agreement with Kazakhstan and also indicated it will support Kazakhstan's bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).


Croatian President Stjepan Mesic said his country is especially interested in transporting Kazakh oil.


(AP)

Central Asia Gas Pipelines


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Russia's rising appetite for Central Asian gas is a direct result of the shifting fortunes of Gazprom, the state-run Russian company that controls lucrative exports. The company's total gas production has flatlined at around 550 billion cubic meters (bcm) a year. With major fields yielding less as they age, Gazprom has chosen to maintain its all-important gas balance by purchasing gas on the side -- from independent producers in Russia and from Russia's Central Asian neighbors -- instead of investing in the lengthy and costly development of untapped Arctic fields...(more)

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Who's Afraid Of Gazprom? Controlling Gas Pipelines

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