The coalition government is moving ahead with its plans to strike a much-anticipated deal for Russian crude oil at a discounted rate as Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik on Dec 6 said that a high-level delegation from Moscow will arrive in Islamabad on January 20.
A day earlier, the minister said Russia had agreed to provide crude oil as well as petrol and diesel to Pakistan at discounted rates. “Our visit to Russia turned out to be more productive than expected.”
In a statement, Malik claimed that the US will not impose sanctions on Pakistan for the proposed deal.
Brushing aside claims of former prime minister Imran Khan about his alleged talks with Russia on oil import, Malik took credit for the proposed deal and said that the minutes of their meetings with Mosco officials can prove their claims.
Responding to a question about the financial crisis in the county, the minister said that the government is not deliberating on imposing any economic emergency. He maintained that the government recently paid $1 billion for Sukuk bonds.
He maintained that the country would not default.
‘Russia agreed to export petrol, diesel to Pakistan’
A day earlier, Malik said Moscow agreed to provide crude oil to Pakistan at discounted rates.
Malik said Russia did not have liquefied natural gas (LNG). “Talks with Russia private firms are underway for the import of LNG, while we have also engaged Russia’s state LNG producers,” Malik said.
According to the state minister, significant progress has been in talks over the pipeline projects with Moscow.