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Ukraine Seeks Resumption of Turkmen Gas03/27 06:13

   KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine has said it wants to restore natural gas 
deliveries from energy-rich Turkmenistan as it tries to reduce reliance on 
Russia for the fuel.

   Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office said in a statement Friday 
that the option was discussed during talks with the visiting Turkmen foreign 
minister. The meeting took place Thursday.

   Until 2006, Turkmenistan supplied Ukraine with 36 billion cubic meters (1.3 
trillion cubic feet) of gas annually in exchange for cash and goods.

   Turkmenistan wishes to widen its client base, while Ukraine wants to wean 
itself off Russian gas, so any deal would be eagerly embraced by both parties.

   A deal would require acquiescence from Kazakhstan and Russia as transit 
nations, however. Kazakhstan is unlikely to pose an obstacle, but Russia would 
be expected to be less forthcoming.


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