Alexey Miller's column
“The constructive partnership of Gazprom and Wintershall enables us to cope with sophisticated and challenging projects. We are ready to expand production operations jointly with Wintershall in the Achimov deposits of the Urengoy field and to cooperate with the company on a mutually beneficial basis on exploration and production projects in the southern part of the North Sea where Wintershall has been successfully operating for several decades.”
“Summing up the meeting results, I can definitely say that cooperation between Russia and Japan will reach a new qualitative level.”
“I would like to pay special attention to the fact that today's negotiations have been based on a positive attitude of both parties to large-scale cooperation in the gas sector.”
“Negotiations with our Belarusian friends are very progressive and we are on the right track. There are very few insignificant issues to be settled. It is absolutely clear now that the final agreements will be reached in the nearest future. I am sure we will be ready to sign all the necessary documents as early as in November.”
Question by Eugenia Sokolova, the RIA Novosti news reporter on the status of the negotiations related to gas agreements with Ukraine:
Yesterday you had another meeting with Yury Boiko. Both parties talk about the positive negotiating dynamics after each meeting. Can we expect that agreements will be reached soon?
Answer by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee:
Yes, indeed, the negotiations we are holding with our Ukrainian colleagues are very progressive and positive. We still have a lot of unsettled issues that are complex by nature. It is absolutely clear that no final agreements will be reached in the nearest future. I think that first results can be expected no sooner than November.
“South Stream has achieved a significant progress in meeting such challenges as the Consolidated Feasibility Study development as well as engagement of new partners in constructing the offshore gas pipeline section. The entire project is progressing in full compliance with the schedule and we are confident that South Stream will be commissioned on time.”