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Uzbekistan will never accept political terms in exchange for gas

Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Mirzamahmudov said, “We will never endanger our national interests, the economy of the country, our independence. If we import gas from another country, we will only cooperate within the scope of a commercial agreement and purchase and sale agreement. We will never accept political terms in exchange for gas.”

Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Curabek Mirzamahmudov made statements regarding the country’s energy policy and issues.

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Referring to the allegations in some media organs that “there will be cooperation with Russia in order to eliminate the energy problem in the country during the winter season and that there are political conditions threatening the country in this cooperation agreement,” Mirzamahmudov said:

“We will never endanger our national interests, our country’s economy, our independence. If we import gas from another country, we will only cooperate within the scope of a commercial agreement and purchase and sale agreement. We will never accept political terms in exchange for gas. In short, we will only accept the gas agreement that will be offered to us if we are satisfied with the terms. We do otherwise not.”

Mirzamahmudov stated that they have not received any offers on the Tripartite Gas Union so far, “Even if an agreement is made with Russia on gas shipments, this does not mean a ‘union’.” said.

“This is not an alliance, it is the coordination of the joint work of the relevant organizations”

 

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Emphasizing that Uzbekistan does not have common borders with Russia, therefore negotiations will be held for the delivery of gas through neighboring Kazakhstan and this will be a technical agreement, Mirzamahmudov said, “More precisely, this is not an alliance, but the coordination of the joint work of the relevant organizations of the countries through which the gas pipeline passes.” used the phrase.

Pointing out to the claims that the “energy problem in Uzbekistan today was created artificially by Russia to accelerate the construction of nuclear power plants”, Mirzamahmudov said that the energy problem in the country is not due to external factors, and that the only reason for this is the increase in domestic consumption and the decline in production.

Minister Mirzamahmudov stated that his country has become a gas importer from a gas exporter.

“We do not intend to conclude a final agreement without guarantees that meet our national interests”

Referring to the nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan that Russia is expected to build, Mirzamahmudov stated that the negotiations on the construction of the said power plant are carried out taking into account national interests and economic efficiency. Mirzamahmudov said:

“Until we find a balance that is beneficial for us, some difficulties may arise, but no one can force us to implement any project and we will not allow it. This is against the state policy and the pride and principles of the Uzbek people. Because our national interests and independence are above everything else. Currently, an intergovernmental framework agreement (on the construction of the power plant) has been signed. Based on this, work is being done on the site selection for the power plant, its environmental impact, the choice of technology and most importantly the negotiation of the commercial contract. We do not intend to sign a final agreement without guarantees that meet our national interests. “

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