Moscow, Astana achieve preliminary agreement on Russian oil transit via Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan and Russia have achieved preliminary agreement on the transit of Russian oil via Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan, general director of the KazTransOil closed company Askar Smankulov told a press conference in Astana on Wednesday.

According to him, some 3 million tons of oil are to be transited.

Oil is to be transported via a pipeline, starting in Omsk (the south of Siberia), which was constructed in the Soviet times.

Several Russian companies are planning to transit oil to Turkmenistan for processing, Smankulov said.