Bishkek hosted today a meeting between Gazprom's Management Committee Chairman Alexey Miller and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev.

The parties addressed major cooperation initiatives in the oil and gas sector and noted that the comprehensive integration of the Kyrgyz energy sector into Gazprom Group would help solving several issues of national importance. In particular, a large-scale investment program aimed at the reconstruction and upgrade of gas transmission and distribution networks of the Republic will enhance the reliability of gas supplies to industrial and residential consumers in northern and central areas of Kyrgyzstan and will also make it possible to supply natural gas to the country's south.

In addition, the participants considered prospects for exploration activities and touched upon the issue of expanding the collaboration in petroleum products sales on the Kyrgyz market.

A focus was placed on the preparations for the heating season. It was noted that Gazprom would undoubtedly complete all the scheduled activities to secure unfailing gas supplies to Kyrgyz consumers during the forthcoming winter period.

Summarizing the meeting, Alexey Miller and Almazbek Atambayev expressed their confidence that the strategic partnership between Gazprom and Kyrgyzstan would reinforce the energy security of the Republic and, in addition, boost the Kyrgyz socioeconomic development for years to come.