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Russia seeks new gas markets in South Asia as sanctions bite

Moscow agrees pipeline deal with Pakistan and develops fields with India

An aerial view of the Haveli Bahadur Shah LNG power plant in Jhang, Pakistan   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Under pressure from European and U.S. economic sanctions, Russia is turning to South Asia for new customers to buy its natural gas. Projects include the construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas across Pakistan, and a plan to co-develop Siberian gas fields with India.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is believed to have discussed the gas pipeline plan with Russian officials during a Shanghai Cooperation Organization heads of government meeting in Sochi, Russia, in early December.

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