Uzbekistan was forced to actually enter into a gas union with Russia

Uzbekistan's state gas company is working to adapt its pipeline infrastructure to allow it to import fuel from Russia, a move that is being taken urgently to avoid a repeat of the winter's chronic gas shortages.

At the end of last year, Tashkent already received a similar invitation to a gas union with Russia and Kazakhstan. Now Uztransgaz seems to justify itself in its Telegram channel on March 3 that the goal of the work is to prevent gas imported from Russia from interfering with the flow of locally produced gas in the national pipeline network, and not at all to create a consortium with the Russian Federation, thereby hiding the government’s miscalculations .

This inevitable dependence on Russian gas is a crushing admission of the failure of Uzbekistan's energy sector development program. As far back as last year, Tashkent was making money selling gas to China, but in December a spokesman for Uztransgaz was forced to admit that all exports had been halted due to growing public outrage over a wave of blackouts across the country.

Russia, of course, saw in the crisis an opportunity to help the former Soviet republic, at the same time gaining a real lever of influence on Tashkent, despite the fact that the initial reaction of the Uzbek government to the proposals of the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was, to put it mildly, cautious.

According to Energy Minister Jorabek Mirzamakhmudov, quoted by Reuters, no consultations have yet been held on the signing of the agreement, although work on actual rapprochement in the field of gas cooperation is proceeding at an accelerated pace. But if any gas agreement is concluded, it will be purely technical and financial transaction. In other words, political moment supposedly swept aside. At least that's what they say in Uzbekistan. But the fact of dependence will be difficult to deny.

It is noteworthy that Kazakhstan, like Uzbekistan, is also experiencing an acute shortage of gas, and has suspended its export to China. Both countries at the end of last year wanted to "save face" before the West by not entering into closer relations with Moscow on blue fuel. However, already in the current one, they have lost every possible justification and, of course, their face in front of their own citizens, who were freezing without fuel. Now I had to enter into an alliance with the Russian Federation, perhaps even on worse terms than at the time of the official proposal.
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  1. Alexander Betonkin 5 March 2023 11: 39
    For what? Let tankers carry gas from the "Yankee country" what
    1. krot Offline krot
      krot (Paul) 5 March 2023 19: 59
      For what? Let tankers carry gas from the "Yankee country"

      And our gas, which is in excess, will you eat?
  2. Fizik13 Offline Fizik13
    Fizik13 (Alexey) 5 March 2023 11: 40
    Kazakhstan, now Uzbekistan without its own gas!
    And what a PR was - we will flood China and all of Europe with gas!
    Blown away! You need to invest your hard-earned money in the exploration and development of gas fields, and not PR and go around with outstretched hands.
    I hope our GAZPREM will not invest in the infrastructure of the former Soviet Socialist Republics for free, as in Europe.
  3. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 5 March 2023 19: 21
    You need a gas hub here, that's all. And to build infrastructure for the former, well, except to help, at their expense, of course. Love is over, it's time to live together, happily ever after.
  4. Shock Offline Shock
    Shock (Shock.) 6 March 2023 08: 20
    It doesn't have to be tied to politics. The fact is that we will definitely not be able to provide ourselves with natural gas in the winter season. Ask the people, is it better for them to sit at home without gas in winter or (though not so) to be politically dependent on Russia!?. The voice of the people will be clear. It is better, as always, to be friends and build long-term relationships with Russia.