Officials from Russian energy company Gazprom and the Japanese embassy in Moscow recently discussed the possibility of Russia supplying natural gas to the Far East, according to Russian news service RIA Novosti.

Gazprom, represented by deputy chairman Alexander Ananenkov, and Dzyun Niimi, a senior Japanese diplomat, discussed the outlook for Russian gas sales to the Far East.

“The supply of Russian gas to states in the Asia-Pacific region on the basis of intergovernmental agreements from the single gas-supply system and through the single export channel will ensure reliability and long-term gas supplies to Asian consumers just as Russian gas is supplied to European consumers,” said Mr Ananenkov in a statement.

The two sides also discussed the possibility of cooperation between Gazprom and Japanese companies in gas-processing technologies and joint projects in the Russian Far East.