Kazakhstan finally commits to the pipeline

By Shahin Abbasov and Khadija Ismailova, 6/19/06.

Kazakhstan has finally committed to shipping oil via the US-backed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. Although hailed as “a significant historical event” by some officials, the initial level of Kazakhstan’s involvement will be modest. Meanwhile, Iran surprised regional observers by revealing a desire to ship oil via BTC. Experts are generally skeptical of the Iranian proposal, saying it is designed to relieve international pressure against Tehran.

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