“When we do not develop Al-Anji and only think about exporting through the target pipeline, when we are under sanctions, others will easily take our place, just as the Russians easily entered our market from a distance,” said a member of the parliament’s energy commission. .
In an interview with ILNA, Mustafa Nakhaei said about Russia’s entry into gas exports to Pakistan and its impact on Iran’s energy market: “Russia intends to supply gas to the port of Karachi through Al-Anji and through the 1000 km pipeline to the Punjab province of Pakistan.” Based on this, they have defined a project in which 74% of Pakistan’s 26 Russians are shareholders, while Iran has fulfilled its commitment to build a peace pipeline from Assaluyeh to the Pakistani border, but Pakistan has until 1998 to implement. He had the line, he did not fulfill his commitment.
He added: “Despite the fact that Pakistan is our neighbor and claims to be friends and comrades, it did not cooperate well in this regard. Despite their need for gas, they did not want to persuade the embargoed countries and implement the line. If they had the will, it would have happened.” We should have acted stronger in the field of diplomacy, we should have maintained existing markets and moved to new markets, Pakistan could have been an effective market for us, but it did not happen, it is natural that other countries take advantage of opportunities.
“Russia has the highest gas reserves in the world and is looking for a new opportunity and market, and in any way possible, whether it is a pipeline or an energy supply, it will provide space for its gas exports. Our objection is that we did not pave the way, we should not.” Limit ourselves to pipeline transit, when we do not develop Al-Anji and only think about exporting through the target pipeline, when we are under sanctions, others will easily take our place, just as the Russians easily do from a distance. They entered our market.
“It is natural for the Russians to take advantage of opportunities to safeguard national interests and build capacity in their economies. We should also try to pursue national interests more vigorously whenever we cannot adequately protect the national interests of other countries,” he said. Friends are taking over the market, even if Russia does not do so, another country will enter. We must enter more actively and accurately.
“If we had also developed Al-Anji in the country, we would now be less affected by the sanctions on the state economy. With the help of the private sector, we can export and have more room for maneuver, so we must strengthen our diplomacy. We must know that countries pursue their economic interests.” And in the pursuit of national and economic interests, friendships and politics are eliminated. Today, we too must have more flexibility to export and gain more share in the energy market, and we can act more flexibly when we have more tools and solutions.