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Russia ready to supply 1.5 million tons of oil to Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2016)


Russia is considering the possibility of supplying Afghanistan with 1.5 million tons of oil every year.

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Energy Yury Sentyurin says that Afghanistan consumes more than 3 million tons of petroleum products for its own personal needs and uses another 3 million for the International Security Assistance Force.

According to the Russian minister, Russia does not intend to supply Afghanistan with all of the 6 million tons of oil products but it could easily supply 1-1.5 million.

“I do not think that we need to monopolize the market. We have proposed a strategic idea to our Afghan partners to form a strategic national reserve,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, a number of Afghan economic analysts say that this assistance is in country’s interest for the current situation and the consumption of oil should set in a regular schedule.

Considering the problems that Afghan traders often face in transit through Iran and Pakistan, the Russia can be a reliable alternate.

Afghan and Russian authorities have agreed to expand business and economic relations between Afghanistan and the Russia.

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