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Baku. Lithuania is interested in Azerbaijani gas deliveries based on swap operations, Arvidas Sekmokas, Lithuanian Energy Minister, said in his interview to New Europe Online.
He added that this issue has been discussed with the Azerbaijani administration in Baku. Lithuania tries to reduce its dependence on Russian gas deliveries, because it sees Azerbaijan as an alternative partner. Sekmokas believes that the Azerbaijani gas deliveries to Lithuania could be based on the swap operations.
Lithuanian Minister visited Baku last week and took part at the XIX International Exhibition Caspian Oil & Gas. He said at the event that since 2014 Lithuania will have its own LNG terminal and urged Baku officials to take this factor into account in the future.
Sources from the Azerbaijani government told Turan's correspondent that Lithuania has made a very interesting proposal. They believe that "during Azerbaijani gas export to Europe, it is necessary to include the item, which mentions that this gas is delivered to the European Union markets. On this basis of this agreement Lithuania could diversify gas deliveries to its country on the basis of swap operations having concrete agreements on gas purchase-sale from Azerbaijan.
At present Lithuania buys up to 4 billion cub.m. of Russian gas.