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Uzbekistan Reportedly To Charge Russia More For Gas


http://gdb.rferl.org/dc60c656-a7bf-4419-a30e-50d09c363f66_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/dc60c656-a7bf-4419-a30e-50d09c363f66_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) December 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbekistan is raising the price it charges Russia for natural gas by two-thirds.


Russia's Interfax news agency quotes officials at the national oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz as saying the price will increase to $100 per 1,000 cubic meters from a current $60.


Interfax says a deal to that effect was signed on December 7 in Tashkent by Aleksei Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom's natural gas monopoly.


The independent Uzbek uzmetronom.net website also confirmed that an agreement was reached.


Gazprom says in a statement that Miller discussed next year's gas purchases with his Uzbek partners, but makes no mention of any price.


The company says it expects to import 9 billion cubic meters of Uzbek gas this year.


Uzbekistan is considering selling its gas to neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan at an average price of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters starting January 1.


Turkmenistan and Russia this year significantly increased the price of their supplies to other CIS countries.


(Interfax, gazprom.ru, uzmetronom.net)

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