Venezuela's Chavez calls on Turkmenistan to join 'gas OPEC'

Venezuelan President Chavez asked Turkmenistan to join a proposed global cartel of gas suppliers.

Venezuela's Chavez calls on Turkmenistan to join 'gas OPEC'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday asked Turkmenistan, Central Asia's biggest producer of natural gas, to join a proposed global cartel of gas suppliers.

"Have you joined the gas OPEC?" Chavez asked Turkmen leader Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at a meeting in the Turkmen capital.

When Berdymukhamedov replied that Turkmenistan had not, Chavez said: "Please join."

Ex-Soviet Turkmenistan used to sell most of its gas to Russia until an April row when Moscow demanded a review of supply terms.

Ashgabat, which also has a deal with Iran, plans to start pumping gas to China at the end of this year.

Reuters
Last Mod: 07 Eylül 2009, 14:38
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