Russia may join Tajik-Pakistani electricity project
Russia will consider participating in an ambitious project to deliver electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reported.
"The presidents paid particular attention to the project, that is currently pending, but they would like to add practical sense to it. The project is called CASA-1000. It envisages the delivery of electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan," Sergei Lavrov said during a summit of the presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan in Sochi.
Russia was invited to participate in the project, Lavrov said, adding Russia would take part in the project under mutually profitable terms.
The $680 million CASA-1000 project envisages the construction of a power transmission line to transfer surplus electricity from Tajikistan to Kabul and northwestern regions of Pakistan.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Tajikistan's Emomali Rakhmon in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Wednesday.
The summit was focused on the situation in Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.