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No proof of Imran Khan’s claims of Russian offer of cheap fuel: Petroleum Division

Says minutes of meeting did not include any reference to Russia’s offer to provide LNG, gasoline at 30% concessional rate

Spokesman petroleum division Syed Zakria Shah said that no official evidence exists of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim that Russia extended cheap Liquified Natural Gas, crude oil, and POL products.

Local media reported that the petroleum division contended that trade of crude oil, POL products, and LNG was not even up for discussion during Imran Khan. It added that the meeting minutes included no mention of a Russian offer to provide LNG and gasoline at a 30% discounted rate.

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The spokesman said the government had written to Russia on March 30 via the Foreign Ministry mentioning Pakistan’s enthusiasm to enter into long-term agreements regarding the import of crude, POL products, and LNG at concessional rates.

The petroleum division had inquired from the foreign ministry asking if Russia provided any discounts. To this the ministry replied that that it had not received any information from the Russian authorities.

In a letter, the then energy minister Hammad Azhar had suggested a supply of two to three Russian LNG cargoes per month, with each cargo containing 140,000 cubic metres of LNG.

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There was no mention of any offer by Russia except pursuing a long-term contract for importing fuel and LNG at a discounted rate.

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