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Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller

Beijing hosted a working meeting Friday between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Zhou Jiping, Chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

They addressed the issues of Russian natural gas supply to the Chinese market via the eastern route.

Both parties are interested in successful completion of the negotiations and looking forward to signing a contract as soon as possible, they said after the meeting.

Gazprom and CNPC  said the negotiations were “progressing as per schedule.”

They still expect the gas supply agreement to be effective in 2014.

The contract may be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China, scheduled for May.