MOSCOW May 21 Russia's Gazprom told
doubters on Wednesday not to jump to any conclusions over
President Vladimir Putin's failure so far to sign a long-awaited
gas deal with China, saying all would become clear in due
Responding to speculation the two sides might not reach a
deal after they failed to sign the $400 billion gas supply
agreement on the first day of Putin's two-day visit to China on
Tuesday, spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said on: "You will know
everything in due course. Don't jump to any conclusions."
Putin's trip to Shanghai had spurred speculation that he
would sign the deal, but some analysts suggest he may prefer to
announce the agreement's conclusion during this week's economic
forum in the Russian city of St Petersburg.
A source at state-controlled Gazprom said the natural gas
exporter had hoped for the deal to be signed in China. "We are
already getting ready for it. But it's apparently difficult so
far," the source said.
He said the price would be on a par with the average sum
paid by European consumers, otherwise the deal would be delayed.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Writing by Elizabeth Piper,
Editing by Timothy Heritage)