What Happened: Russia will resume imports of natural gas from Turkmenistan starting in early 2019, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller has said, RFE/RL reported Oct. 10.
Why It Matters: The resumed sales are a significant development for Turkmenistan, which has relied exclusively on China to purchase its natural gas exports in recent years. Turkmenistan's economy is overwhelmingly dependent on natural gas exports, which have struggled to support the country due to lower energy prices and a lack of buyers.
Background: Russia was the largest importer of Turkmen natural gas until a pipeline rupture in 2009 reduced supplies significantly. Russia halted natural gas imports from Turkmenistan in 2016.
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