Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that supplies of Russian gas to Pakistan are possible. According to him, part of the gas pipeline infrastructure already exists, but the instability of Afghanistan needs to be ended.
“Gas supplies from Russia to Pakistan through the pipeline are possible, given that part of the infrastructure in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan is already ready,” Putin said, according to TASS, after meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, which takes place in Samarkand, the second largest city of Uzbekistan. “We have to solve the problem with Afghanistan,” Putin added.
Not only Russia, but also some countries in Central Asia are trying to get the possibility of supplying their gas to the Indian subcontinent. However, the implementation of the projects is hindered by political instability in Afghanistan and complex geographical conditions.
Russia is also interested in the construction of a gas pipeline in Pakistan, which should transport gas from the port of Karachi to the province of Punjab in the northeast of the country. The project, called Pakistan Stream, was agreed by both governments in 2015, but its implementation has not yet started, among other things due to difficulties caused by anti-Russian sanctions.
Russia is trying to diversify its gas exports, but is running into insufficient infrastructure. Exports to the European Union, which is the main buyer of Russian gas, will fall by a third this year due to the war in Ukraine, according to Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak. Conversely, exports to China show growth.