"Pakistan and Russia have finalised an LNG pipeline deal in a recent meeting in Moscow and the two countries will sign a government-to-government basis deal next month," Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told reporters.

Abbasi said that in return for the investment, Russian companies will be awarded the contract to build the pipeline.

"Russia will start its first LNG exports in 2016 and has also offered to sell gas to Pakistan," he said.

The formal agreement between the two sides is expected to be signed next month, following which Pakistan will also sign a commercial agreement with a Russian firm that Moscow will identify as its preferred contractor to build the pipeline.

According to the agreement, the contract will be awarded without any formal bidding process.

The financing for the LNG pipeline comes as a prelude to Russia's offer to sell LNG to Pakistan.

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