Azerbaijan’s attempts to press Georgia on gas issues will yield reve

Azerbaijan’s attempts to press Georgia on gas issues will yield
reverse effect – expert

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January 19, 2013 | 15:07

YEREVAN.- Azerbaijan’s attempts to press Georgia on gas issues will
yield a reverse effect, representative of International Crisis Group
(ICG) Johnny Melikyan said.

Georgian side realizes that energy dependence is disadvantageous, he
told reporters on Saturday. The gas price was one of the key points
discussed during Ivanishvili’s visit to Baku.

`After the visit Azerbaijani side reportedly expressed readiness to
cut gas price for Georgia,’ he added. Relations may deteriorate if
Azerbaijan attempts to blackmail Tbilisi.

`The path of balanced policy is full of obstacles but we have a good
opportunity to work with Georgian side in this direction,’ he added.

Under a 5-year agreement with state oil company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR),
Georgia is receiving gas for $167 per 1 thousand cubic meters, one of
the best offers in post-Soviet area.

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