Russia/Kazakh Pipeline Deal Includes New Rail Corridors

17 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Russia/Kazakh Pipeline Deal Includes New Rail Corridors</h1><p>May 17 (EIRNS) - Railway development will be part of the Caspian pipeline deal, a deal which has caused consternation among the western oil giants who wanted to get the oil and gas for themselves. (see) Transcripts of the press conference following the tripartite summit May 12 of the presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, now available on the Russian presidential website, documents the following remarks by President Vladimir Putin on railways, giving a sense that there is a notion of "transport corridors:"</p><p>"And in the first half year of 2008, we will begin practical work to reconstruct the existing trans-Caspian pipeline and to build new pipelines. But I shall repeat that at the initiative of (Kazakh President) Nursultan Abishevich ( Nazarbayev) today, we talked a great deal about developing other transport systems, including railway links in the Caspian Sea area. Railways are very important in this respect. As you know, we have long discussed the South-North line, the South-North corridor. We could also give a very good, strong impetus towards developing cooperation in this field."</p></div></body>