ArmInfo. Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan thinks nothing endangers the energy safety of the country. "There is no Damocles' sword over our head and we have an alternative gas pipeline," Karapetyan said at a press conference on Jan 13, when asked by ArmInfo about threats in case of Georgian Government's possible sale of 25% of shares of the main gas line Azerbaijan's SOCAR.
The Prime Minister said that Armenia's energy safety ratio is much higher than in most European countries. "In this context, there are no threats at the moment. But this does not mean that we should not work towards enhancement of the energy safety," he noted.
He pointed out that there are no negative consequences for Armenia regarding the possible sale of 25% of shares of JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (which also owns the main gas line running to Armenia) to SOCAR. "Let them buy 25% of the pipeline shares. This will not create any threats for us, because the Azeri side will not own the control block of shares," Karapetyan said. He also ruled out the scenario, under which Azerbaijan - having become the company's shareholder - can suspend the gas transit to Armenia. This would run counter to international law, he said.
To note, earlier the Georgian media reported, citing Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kvirikashvili that in case of a favorable situation, the Georgian government will put on sale 25% of shares of JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Georgian Railway. Azerbaijan's SOCAR has already expressed an intention to buy the gas pipeline. Russian gas is supplied to Armenia via that pipeline, which is of strategic importance. So, the further possible scenarios raise the Armenian side's concerns.