ArmInfo. The cost of Russian gas for Armenia will not increase until the spring of 2020. This was announced on Tuesday by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan at a meeting with Russian journalists, reports TASS. "The price of gas will not rise until spring," said Pashinyan.
He added that following a discussion of this issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the parties agreed that the tariff should be such as not to hit the Armenian economy. On November 13, RA Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan announced that negotiations on gas prices with the Russian side were ongoing. According to his owls, today he can report on the intermediate results of the negotiation process. "In the winter months, the gas tariff will not increase. That is, until April 1, the issue of raising the gas price will not be discussed," Grigoryan said. Moreover, as noted by the Deputy Prime Minister, one must understand that the gas tariff for the domestic consumer is formed at least on the basis of three components: the gas price at the border, the volume of Gazprom Armenia investments and current expenses.
Back in early November of this year Head of the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) Garegin Baghramyan, referring to statements that the gas tariff for the end consumer will not increase in the winter season in any case, explained that such "restrictions" are due to purely procedural terms. That is, when the Russian "Gazprom" decides on the gas tariff, "Gazprom Armenia" will apply for a revision of the tariff for the domestic consumer, which the PSRC will consider within 80 business days. Then the tariff will be determined from the end of the specified 80 working days and will enter into force after 30 days - in the spring of 2020.