Ukraine Plans to Join Caspian Gas Pipeline: Minister
Ukraine, Kiev / corr. Trend Z.Novostivisky / Ukraine plans to join the agreement on construction of the Caspian gas pipeline signed by Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, said Ukrainian Minister of Fuel and Energy, Yuri Boyko. He stressed that Ukraine may join the project only after resolving the political crisis in the country. Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed a joint declaration on construction of the Caspian gas pipeline. According to the signed document, by 1 September 2007, the governments of the three countries should prepare and sign a relevant co-operation agreement. The Caspian gas pipeline passes through the territories of Turkmenistan (360km) and Kazakhstan (150km) and then interfaces with the existing gas pipeline 'Middle Asia-Center' in Alexander Gay point on the Kazakh-Russian border launched in 1967. The sides reached an agreement to reconstruct the pipeline.