We will take efforts in order that Tajikistan could have its own gas and oil, says Russian minister





DUSHANBE, October 22 (Asia-Plus).  We admire Tajikistan’s efforts to try to construct the Roghun hydroelectric power plant (HPP) on its own despite the global financial crisis, Russian Minister of Energy also Co-chairman of Tajik-Russian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation, Sergey Shmatko, told reporters in Dushanbe yesterday following his meeting with President Emomali Rahmon.

He stressed that Russia has never refused to participate in construction of the Roghun HPP, but “there are no yet specific formulations of participation of Russia in construction of this facility.”

Shmatko noted that Russian and Tajik sides were satisfied with the results of a session of the Tajik-Russian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation that was held here on October 20.

“President Emomali Rahmon and I also discussed the issue of exploration and development of gas fields in Tajikistan,” said Russian official, “Our side intends to intensify work in this direction in order that Tajikistan could have its own oil and natural gas.”




President Rahmon departs for Moscow for three-day visit tomorrow





DUSHANBE, October 20 (Asia-Plus).  President Emomali Rahmon is departing for Moscow for a three-day visit today, according to presidential press service.

Tajik leader will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg and hold talks with high-ranking Russian state officials to discuss cooperation issues.  A number of cooperation documents are expected to be signed during Rahmon’s visit to Moscow.

According to local experts, the Russian military base in Tajikistan and the level of participation of Russia in completion of construction of the Roghun hydroelectric power station (HPS) will be among major topics of Rahmon’s discussions with Russian officials.