Uzbekistan wound up 2010 still quarrelling with its neighbors over water, energy, and security issues. Tashkent cut off gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan, which is still struggling to recover from political and ethnic unrest, and provided only 72,000 cubic meters per day instead of the usual 90,000 cubic meters, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) reported. The reason is that Kyrgyzstan hasn't paid its bills. At year’s end, Kyrgyz officials planned to meet with their Uzbek counterparts to try to persuade them to reduce their price from $250 to $140 per 1,000 cubic meters, much lower than the market price in the region, and considerably lower than in Europe.
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