Wednesday, January 18 2017 17:29
Naira Badalian

Georgian President thinks  Agreement with Gazprom Export JSC  regsrding Russian gas transit  to Armenia harmful for Georgia

ArmInfo. Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili thinks that the Agreement with Russian Gazprom on the monetization of gas transit to Armenia through Georgian territory will make harm to the country, Eka Mishveladze, the press speaker of Georgian President stated at  the briefing  held yesterday.

According to the press secretary of Georgian President, the economic situation will become worse due to signing the Agreement mentioned. "Signing of this Agreement affected  the economical situation of the country, caused harm to political and economical interests of the country. We got worse situation in many aspects, and larger problems will rise further. The Gasprom issue is more than a deal, this first a security issue, this is foreign policy, and only after is an energy and economy," Business Goergia release reads  Eka Mishveladze's  statement.

On January 11 Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze stated that the Government of the country agreed with Gazprom proposal to monetize Russian gas transit to Armenia, while in March 2016 Georgian side refused signing documents on similar monetary compensation. On January 13 Gazprom Export stated  that Russian side guarantees the payment of Russian gas transportation to Armenia at the volumes of 2-2.2. bln cubic meters for the years of 2017-2018, and gas supplies to Georgia at the price of USD185 per 1000 cubic meters.

According Mishveladze, the President called Parliament to implement its Constitutional right and to improve the control on the Government, as well as to submit a plan on how to reduce the risks and threats expected  due to the Agreement  with Russian company.  The Agreement with Gazprom will be one of the main issues of the President's report.

To remind, according Georgian media, about 80 NGO's applied to the Georgian Government  to publish the  Contract details. " The issue like this Agreement between Russia and Georgia could not be accepted only like commercial, because Russia occupied our country," Nino Eghvenidze, the Director of Economy Policies Studies stated. Civil sector also stated  in  its commencement mentions all the risks such an agreement comprises for Georgia.

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