NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Negotiations between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on the possible export of Kazakh gasoline and oil are still ongoing, Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said on 22 October.

“We have not yet got consensus on some fundamental for Kazakhstan points of the draft agreement,” Bozumbayev told reporters.

According to him, if Kazakhstan sends duty free oil to Kyrgyzstan, the Kazakhstan’s budget will lose an average of $ 60 per tonne in duties.

“We say, ‘Well, if we have losses, then you should not re-export our oil products.’ That is, to get our oil duty free, to process it, and then Kyrgyzstan cannot sell gasoline or diesel fuel somewhere like Tajikistan or Afghanistan,” Bozumbayev said.

After the completion of the modernization of three large refineries, Kazakhstan is trying to export surpluses of its gasoline and diesel to the neighbouring countries – Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Kazakhstan has been negotiating with Kyrgyzstan on the possible export of Kazakh gasoline and oil are still since the summer of this year.