Russian energy minister says China could pay advance of up to $25 bln
SHANGHAI May 21 (Reuters) - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday China could pay up to $25 billion up front as an option in a newly signed gas deal.
Asked whether the Chinese side would pay about $25 billion up front for future gas supplies, Novak told reporters in Shaghai: "Up to $25 billion ... The advance is seen as an option, a possibility." (reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Steve Gutterman)