China to become Russia’s biggest gas consumer if western route developed

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China could replace Germany as Russia’s biggest gas consumer, if Moscow and Beijing agree to add a route from Russia’s Western Siberia to the one already agreed under a $400 billion contract, President Putin said at a meeting with media in St. Petersburg.Germany now consumes 40 billion cubic meters of Russian gas annually, and China will start buying even more if the western route is agreed on, Putin said.“The next step [in Russia-China gas cooperation] is a possibility to make a similar deal on a so-called western route,” President said commenting on a Russia-China megadeal signed Wednesday in Shanghai.The president added the route connecting Russia’s western Siberia and China could be developed even faster than the eastern.Though so far there are no concrete agreements on the western route, Putin said it would also be cheaper than the eastern one.

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