Expert: Mishustin goes to Ashgabat to negotiate the supply of Russian gas to Europe under the guise of Turkmen gas

On January 19, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin 's two-day working visit to Turkmenistan will begin.

According to Interfax , in Ashgabat, the head of the Russian government will hold talks with President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and will speak at the plenary session of the Russian-Turkmen Business Forum.

In a commentary to the Russian publication Ura.ru, experts suggested that Russia intends to use Turkmenistan to circumvent sanctions.

According to Stanislav Pritchin , a researcher at the Center for the Study of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Ural-Volga Region of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences , during Mishustin's visit, the parties can discuss the use of Russian infrastructure for the transit of Turkmen gas , following the example of fuel supply from Kazakhstan to Germany.

“In this case, Russia needs to build a rather complex scheme in order to receive transit payments for the use of infrastructure. The construction of a gas pipeline to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan remains a promising direction, but the situation in these countries is not stable,” the expert noted.

Vladimir Kireev , Deputy Director of the Center for Social and Integration Studies for the Union State and Eurasian Integration , believes that Russian energy resources can be supplied to Europe, like Turkmen ones, and this is a mutually beneficial deal .

“In the post-Soviet period, Turkmenistan moved away from Russia. The challenge now is to strengthen ties. Some positive dynamics are noted,” the expert believes.

“It is possible that in the near future it will be possible to talk about joint infrastructure projects in the municipal sector, urban planning, investments in local products and others. In addition, Turkmenistan is a springboard for monitoring the level of security in the region neighboring Afghanistan,” Kireev said.

The press service of the head of the Russian government has not yet announced the start of Mishustin's visit to Turkmenistan .

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan