Russia ready to help build power line from Central to South Asia

Dushanbe: Russia is waiting for an invitation to participate in the construction of a power transmission system from Central Asia to South Asia, and it is ready to invest into the project hundreds of millions of dollars, President Dmitry Medvedev said after a meeting with his counterparts from Pakistan, Afghanistan & Tajikistan, Itar-Tass reported on Friday.

The project at issue is called CASA-1000. It involves export of electricity from Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan to Afghanistan & Pakistan. “Russia is ready to take part in this project, it is prepared to invest substantial funds. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake,” said Medvedev at news conference after a four-party summit. “But for this necessary organizational decisions are to be taken to invite us there.”

Russia, he said, is also interested in joining CAPI project, which provides for laying export pipeline from Central Asia through Afghanistan to Pakistan & India. “We are ready to take part in it, too.”

“And of course, we are ready to take part in bilateral projects, which have traditionally existed between Russia and friendly countries present here.” He said quartet of countries was in process of developing a “road map,” which will include specific proposals for developing cooperation in socio-economic sphere. “It’s time to move from words to action … There are number of projects that have long been on the table but stayed idle and that should be implemented,” Medvedev said.

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