Although the Economy Minister appreciated yesterday the “good collaboration” that Romanian companies have with Gazprom and announced in a communiqué Gazprom’s “availability” to sell natural gas directly, the communiqué posted on Gazprom’s home page does not mention anything similar, ‘Jurnalul National’ informs. Moreover, the Russians state that their contracts with middlemen are in force until 2030, although Romanian authorities had often stated they will expire in 2012. Economy Minister Ion Ariton’s meeting with Gazprom President Alexei Miller is covered in just three phrases in a communiqué that mentions nothing of direct contracts to be signed by Gazprom and Romgaz. “Special attention was paid to promoting the joint efforts on Russian gas delivery to Romania and its transit to third countries. In addition, the meeting participants addressed the possibility of launching joint power generating projects. The Romanian party was also informed on the progress with the South Stream project,” the Russian communique reads.