Ukraine Interested in Building Iran-Armenia Gas Pipeline

May 5, 2006 Friday 8:51 AM (Central European Time)

Ukraine is interested in participation in construction of the
Iran-Armenia gas pipeline, Ukrainian Ambassador to Armenia Alexander
Bozhko told a news conference. According to him, it is important for
Ukraine to have alternative sources of electric power; that is why
Ukraine s interest in the project was shown from the start.

However, for implementing its plans in this sphere Ukraine needs
billions: without financing by European banks participation of our
country in construction of the pipeline is impossible, stressed
the diplomat.

Talking on the issue of gas tariffs, Bozhko noted that the gas issue
is of serious concern both in Armenia and Ukraine. However, I cannot
understand the logic of determining tariffs for Ukraine and Moldova,
which is much farther from Russia than our country is, noted Bozhko.
According to him, decision of the Armenian government on transferring
the fifth energy unit of the Hrazdan TPP was a forced measure, and
the government should be held accountable for it, reports