A working visit to Turkmenistan was held by representatives of the Russian state-owned concern Gazprom headed by the company's chairman of the board, Alexey Miller . In Ashgabat, Miller was received by President Urbanbuly Berdimuhamedov . It is reported by the press center of "Gazprom" .
During the talks, the sides discussed issues of cooperation in the energy sector, according to a press release from a Russian company.
Turkmen publications did not report on the upcoming visit.
In October 2018, the head of Gazprom announced that from January 1, 2019 the concern would resume purchases of Turkmen gas.
As Miller said at the time: With regard to the volume of gas supplies and other issues of contractual relations, today negotiations will be held at a technical level. And we expect that in the very near future these agreements will be reached.
However, gas supplies to Russia have not begun.
The negotiations, which have continued since autumn 2018, were preceded by a conflict between Gazprom and Turkmengaz. For several years, the parties threatened each other with proceedings in international arbitration.
In 2015, representatives of Turkmengas announced that Gazprom did not pay bills and declared the Russian concern insolvent . In response, Gazprom filed a lawsuit demanding a review of prices for gas purchased in Turkmenistan and a return of $ 5 billion for overpayment.
At the beginning of 2016, Gazprom stopped purchasing Turkmen gas and later, in the same year, signed a contract for the supply of gas with Uzbekneftegaz.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan