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A general view of the Gazprom Neft oil refinery is seen in Moscow September 20, 2012. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS)
A general view of the Gazprom Neft oil refinery is seen in Moscow September 20, 2012. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS)

Gazprom gas deal with China nearly ready, Russia says Add to ...

Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said on Monday a long-awaited deal for natural gas producer Gazprom to supply China with gas was close to completion.

“We hope that the negotiations will be completed as scheduled,” Yanovsky told reporters, a little more than a week before President Vladimir Putin visits China. “The contract is, I would say, 98 percent ready.”

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Gazprom, Russia’s top natural gas producer, has been in talks on gas supplies to China for over a decade. In April, it said it was aiming to finalise the deal this month.

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