TEHRAN (ISNA)-Russia has signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with India and Pakistan to join construction of Peace Pipeline in the two countries, said Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom representative to Tehran.
Gazprom has been working on the project sine 1998, the representative said on the sidelines of Iran-Pakistan gas talks in Tehran.
He said the initial deals confirm Moscow is ready to join building of the pipeline and make construction operation strategic.
He added Russia's share in the project will become clear after talks complete and added Gazprom can act successfully on strategic investment and its experience in building long pipeline can provide Peace Pipeline's security.
The representative continued the measure seeks economic and technical development, raising job opportunities and making closer relations among the countries.
He also said a multilateral company can be founded to pursue continuous gas transfer issues.
He also referred to gas talks held between Iran and Pakistan with the presence of Pakistani Deputy Minister of Oil and Natural Resources Ershad Ahmad Kalim in Tehran and said representatives of Gazprom, Russia state-controlled gas producer, have taken part in talks.
Dialogues mainly focused on Peace Pipeline operation agreement and main points of gas transit to India, he said.
Ghanimifard then turned to recent talks between Iranian Oil Minister Massoud Mir Kazemi and Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko in Tehran and said the two sides discussed building gas pipeline in Pakistan and Gazprom's willingness to join the project.
He said Gazprom has carried out studies for construction of the pipeline and it is expected to update its information within next 20 days, so that the January meeting will be held after receiving information from India and Pakistan.
The fresh round of Iran-Pakistan gas talks kicked off in Tehran on Tuesday was wrapped up on Thursday.
Finalizing operation agreement of gas export to Pakistan and making agreement on main points of gas transit through the pipeline from Pakistan to the third country were among issues discussed in the talks, he added.
Iran is to pipe its natural gas to Pakistan to meet the country's needs. The gas will be supplied from Iran's South pars field.
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