SPEAKING OF CONVEYING IRAN-ARMENIA GAS PIPELINE TO ANY OPERATOR PREMATURE

PanARMENIAN.Net
30.11.2006 14:31 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Designating Armenia-Russia relations with term
"strategic partnership" evidences very high level of relations
in almost all fields, Armenian PM Andranik Margaryan stated in an
interview with the Commersant. In his words, close interaction in the
political, military, trade and economic, scientific and technical,
humanitarian fields, common notion of the world order, the high level
of coordination at the international arena, observation of national
interests underlie the strategic partnership of Armenia and Russia. "I
would not like to mark the gas sphere as the corner stone of our
strategic cooperation. Gas is only one sphere of energy cooperation
between Armenia and Russia. At the same time our strategic partnership
should be protected against current political and economic situation
and should rest on the logic of long-term interaction," Margaryan
remarked. Answering a question on possible passing of Iran-Armenia gas
pipeline to Gazprom control, the PM said, "The building of the pipeline
is not complete yet and speaking of conveying it to any operator,
including Gazprom, is premature." The Iran-Armenia gas pipeline is one
of key bilateral energy projects. The first part of the gas pipeline -
the Meghri-Kajaran segment making 39.5 km - will open soon.