Russian companies would be the preferred choice to work in oil and gas production in Syria, according to a member of Russia’s Parliament, Dmitry Sablin, who had met Syrian President, Bashar Assad, Oil Price reported.

According to Sablin, Assad told a visiting Russian delegation of lawmakers that neither Iran nor China has companies with a worldwide reputation in the oil and gas sector like Russia has.

Additionally, Assad said at their meeting that Syria was ready for direct talks with representatives of all the opposition groups, including armed ones, Neftegaz informed.

In related news, Syrian Prime Minister, Imad Khamis, claimed that terrorist attacks over the past two months have cost the country’s oil sector a total of $2b. Khamis added that the Syrian government was working hard to secure oil production and restore electricity to the minimum level, promising that by the middle of February, consumers will see marked improvement in terms of the availability of electricity.