Russia can export its natural gas to the markets of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the long term, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.
"If we talk about perspective, this includes exports of gas to Afghanistan, Pakistan - either using the infrastructure projects of Central Asia, or through a swap from the territory of Iran. That is, we will receive their gas in the south of the country, and in exchange we will supply gas to the north for Iranian consumers," TASS cited Novak as saying.
Novak said earlier that Russia and Iran may reach an agreement on swap supplies of oil and gas by the end of this year. "We expect around 5 mln tons [of oil] per year and up to 10 bln cubic meters [of gas] at the first stage," Deputy Prime Minister said.