Uzbekistan Cuts Off Kyrgyz Gas

by Laurence on 8/29/2005 · 1 comment

AKIpress says its due to the Andijan refugee dispute:

“On July 19, we signed the contract. But at the end of July, after our authorities made a humanitarian evacuation of 439 refugees from Uzbekistan in Romania, Tashkent terminated the contract in the unilateral order”, the deputy head of JSC Kyrgyzgaz, K Djusupov said.

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IJ August 29, 2005 at 12:54 pm

The article suggests it was a political decision in Uzbekistan to cut off the gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan.

Of the decision by Uzbekistan to tell the Americans to clear out of the airbase: “This is about the Karimov regime’s decision to turn to Gazprom and the Russians, not the US, to develop Uzbekistan’s oil and gas,” [Britain’s former ambassador to Tashkent] said. “They were concerned that Western companies could build centres of wealth not under their direct control. They have decided to turn to Russian and Chinese state companies for investment.”

The European Union will doubtless want cast-iron guarantees from Russia on deliveries of energy. Come to think of it, the UK will also want assurances from the rest of the EU on transit.

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