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Gazprom Says China Natural Gas Deal Delayed to Putin’s May Visit

OAO Gazprom, Russia’s natural gas exporter, failed to seal a 30-year natural gas supply accord with China yesterday, shifting the window for a deal to President Vladimir Putin’s planned trip there in May.

The companies are considering preparing a contract in time for the visit, the Moscow-based company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday after Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller met China National Petroleum Corp. Chairman Zhou Jiping in Beijing. Miller had earlier said a deal would be clinched by the Chinese New Year.