YEREVAN, January 31. / ARKA /. Armenia will have ‘the best natural gas price’ in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), energy and natural resources minister Armen Movsisyan told reporters after the Cabinet session today.
He said the government will announce the new, upward revised price after the end of talks with Russian Gazprom. He denied allegations that the negotiations had been over long ago and the gas price is not announced because of the presidential election.
Reports in some Armenian newspapers said that the price of gas supplied to Armenia by Russia will increase from 1 April 2013 to $240 per 1,000 cubic meters from the current $180. They alleged that a relating agreement had been signed and will be announced only after the presidential elections in Armenia, which will be held on February 18.
The Russian-Armenian ArmRosGazporm (ARG) is Armenia’s national gas operator dealing with import and distribution of Russian natural gas coming from Russia via Georgia. It was established in 1997. Russian Gazprom holds more than 80 percent in it, the rest is owned by Armenian government. -0-