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Uzbekistan 'Cuts Natural Gas Delivery' To Kyrgyzstan

OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyz officials say Uzbekistan has reduced natural gas deliveries to Kyrgyzstan's southern regions due to Bishkek's debts, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Osh Deputy Mayor Shukhrat Sabirov told journalists on December 21 that instead of the usual 90,000 cubic meters per day, Uzbekistan is currently supplying 72,000 cubic meters. Sabirov said Kyrgyzstan's outstanding gas debt to Uzbekistan is $950,000.

KyrgyzGaz state company deputy head Nurlan Jaildinov told RFE/RL that Kyrgyz and Uzbek officials plan to meet next week to discuss gas-related issues. He said the Kyrgyz side will try to persuade Tashkent to reduce the price it charges Kyrgyzstan from $240 to $140 per 1,000 cubic meters.

Read in Kyrgyz here.