In order to meet domestic demand, Pakistan will import an additional 20,000 tonnes of gas from Azerbaijan in the next two months, according to Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik.

The Russian Petroleum Minister will visit Pakistan next month to strike a deal for the purchase of Russian crude oil, the minister said in a statement. The state minister was confident that Russia will deliver discounted crude oil to Pakistan.

According to him, the government is working on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project to import 1,300 billion MF of gas from Azerbaijan per year to address the country’s gas shortfall.

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Malik had before claimed that Russia will give Pakistan a discount on the purchase of its crude oil.

Musadiq Malik stated during a news briefing in Islamabad on Friday that Russian authorities had made it clear they will offer Pakistan cheap crude oil.

The State for Petroleum Musadik Malik stated, “We are taking talks [with Russia on crude oil] forward,” noting that two of Russia’s eight sorts of crude oil might be utilised in Pakistani refineries.

He continued by saying that Pakistan was also developing a framework for an LNG cargo arrangement with Azerbaijan.