Turkmenistan Demands Compensation from Gazprom   Leave a comment

ASHGABAT: Turkmenistan’s president blamed Russia’s state gas monopoly, Gazprom, for a pipeline blast that shut off the Central Asian country’s exports.

President gazprom Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov accused Russia’s Gazprom of “technological errors” causing Wednesday’s blast, and demanded payment repairs and compensate Turkmenistan for damages.

The Foreign Ministry said last week the explosion occurred after the Russian gas monopoly decided, on short notice, to reduce the amount of gas it takes from Turkmenistan without giving enough time to reduce its flow into the pipeline network.

Gazprom has not commented on the incident, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday sought to downplay the incident describing it as “purely technical.”

Moscow has sought to strengthen its domination on gas supplies to Europe by striking a deal with Turkmenistan last year to purchase most of its natural gas. The contract was signed before the global financial crisis, and the dwindling energy prices resulted in Russia now paying Turkmenistan more than it could charge its European customers.

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