ArmInfo. Consumer should also benefit from the negotiations on price formation on Russian gas supplied to Armenia; economist Vardan Bostanjyan expressed this opinion at today's press conference.
"There were talks that even in case gas is supplied to Armenia without charge the consumer will pay for it by previous tariffs. However, I think that current negotiations will be positive in the contest of reduction of gas price for the benefit of consumer", the economist said, explaining his opinion by the fact that otherwise this issue would not have so much publicity.
To recall, in 2015 Russia approved a preferential gas price for Armenia on the border - 165 USD per 1,000 thsd cu m. The draft Armenian-Russian protocol was approved during the Armenian Government's sitting on August 18. However, the reduction does not concern the consumers - they keep paying the previous price (156 thsd AMD or $318 at the current exchange rate), while the large consumers purchasing over 10,000 cu m per month pay $277 for 1,000 cu m. It was also reported that the agreement would be in effect until 31 Dec 2015, with a new agreement to be signed if needed.