MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China aim to wrap up a 10-year series of talks about Russian gas supplies before President Vladimir Putin visits China in May, media quoted the deputy prime minister as saying on Monday.
"The gas talks are wrapping up. There is a common intention to complete this work before the Russian president's visit to China in May this year," Interfax news agency quoted Dvorkovich as saying in a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Last week, Dvorkovich went to China as part of a Russian delegation to discuss cooperation in the energy sector.
Putin has urged Russian companies to expand their exposure to Asia as Europe's economy falters and countries there seek less dependence on energy supplies from their former Cold War foe. Europe is the key buyer of oil and gas from Russia.
"The key decisions have been taken, but both the Chinese partners and we have a desire to boost cooperation," Dvorkovich said, according to Interfax.
He also said China is interested in developing Crimea.
"The Chinese colleagues who are involved in alternative energy projects, are looking with interest at participating in similar projects in the Crimean republic," Dvorkovich was quoted as saying.