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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nazarbayev Talks Gas Transit in Kiev

KIEV -- Kazakhstan's president held talks in Kiev on Thursday to discuss using a Ukrainian pipeline to ship his country's oil into Europe's hungry markets.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose Central Asian nation plans to triple oil extraction by 2015, wants to tap into the largely idle Odessa-Brody pipeline, extending it in order to transport oil through Poland and into the Baltic countries.

Speaking during talks with Ukraine's prime minister, Yuriy Yekhanurov, in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk, Nazarbayev said he would raise the issue with President Viktor Yushchenko on Friday.

"Tomorrow we'll be holding discussions so that Kazakh oil can flow," Nazarbayev said, according to the Ukrainian government.

Such a deal is likely to please both nations.