Analysis: Gazprom moves in on Kyrgyzstan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- As Western governments become increasingly concerned about Gazprom's growing role in Europe, where the Russian state monopoly now provides about 25 percent of the European Union's gas imports, Gazprom is extending its influence farther east, into former Soviet Central Asian republics. Kyrgyzstan, faced with a looming energy crisis this winter, is now considering a Gazprom offer to construct a natural gas reservoir and engage in exploring the country's massive but largely untapped resources.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent