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Kyrgyzstan Seeks Electricity From Turkmenistan

A Kyrgyz delegation was due to arrive in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, to discuss electricity exports.

Kyrgyzstan's First Deputy Prime Minister Valery Dil will head the talks with Turkmen officials.

Water levels at Kyrgyzstan's major reservoir are down by around 25 percent this year and the country faces an electricity deficit this winter estimated at about 2.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh).

Kyrgyzstan recently reached an agreement to import some 1 billion kWh from neighboring Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev announced the negotiations with Turkmenistan at an October 24 meeting of Kyrgyzstan's state committee overseeing preparations for winter.

Otorbaev did not provide details about the route for importing Turkmen electricity or mention Uzbekistan's inclusion as a transit country.

Uzbekistan lies between Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Several years ago Uzbekistan cut Turkmen electricity exports across Uzbek territory to Tajikistan.

Based on reporting by Interfax and