UPDATE 1-No Russia-China gas deal signing during Xi visit -Kremlin

Thursday 21st March, 2013

Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:25pm EDT

By Alexei Anishchuk

NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 21 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Thursday that no gas deal with China would be signed during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping that begins on Friday.

“As far as I know there is no decisive document on gas yet, but contacts are being held based on a positive dynamic. There is no agreement on gas yet on the large list of documents (to be signed),” Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Gazprom, the world’s largest natural gas producer, and China, the top energy consumer, have been in talks over gas supplies for years, but a deal has never materialised due to a differences, including pricing.

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