Russia may transmit gas to Israel through Turkey

Sunday, February 11, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Israel wants to buy 2 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year delivered through a pipeline extended from Turkey.

“Israel plans to buy 2 billion cubic meters of Russia's gas,” National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said, according to ITAR-Tass.

The minister, who met with the head of the state Russian gas monopoly OAO Gazprom in Moscow, said that Israel in the long-term could import up to 5 billion cubic meters a year from Russia.

Last month, Turkey and Russia agreed on extending a pipeline to transmit Russian natural gas to Israel. This project of pipelines would deliver oil, natural gas and water from Turkey to Israel.

Michael Brodsky, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Moscow, said this would take at least five years to complete the gas pipeline extension before Russian gas deliveries to Israel were possible.

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