Photo: Yaron Brener
Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
Photo: Yaron Brener

Israel wants to buy Russian gas, minister says

National Infrastructure Minister Ben Eliezer announces plans to buy up to 5 billion cubic meters of Russian gas per year, to be transferred via pipeline through Turkey

Israel wants to buy 2 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year that could be delivered through a pipeline extended from Turkey, an Israeli minister was reported as saying Thursday by a Russian news agency.


"Israel plans to buy 2 billion cubic meters of Russia's gas," National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said, according to ITAR-Tass.


The minister, who was to hold talks Thursday in Moscow with the head of state Russian gas monopoly OAO Gazprom, added that Israel in the long-term could import up to 5 billion cubic meters a year from Russia.


Ankara announced last month that it and Moscow had agreed to hold talks on extending a pipeline already carrying Russian natural gas to Turkey to deliver supplies to Israel as part of a project to build a network of pipelines to ship oil, natural gas and water from Turkey to Israel.


Michael Brodsky, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Moscow, said it would take at least five years to complete the gas pipeline extension and start Russian gas deliveries to his country.


פרסום ראשון: 02.08.07, 17:01
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