Iran-Armenia Pipeline to Open ‘In March or April’

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The first Armenian section of a key gas pipeline running from neighboring Iran will be officially inaugurated next month or in April at the latest, Energy Minister Armen Movsisian said on Monday. Movsisian told RFE/RL that he will fly to Tehran later this week to discuss with top Iranian officials "the opening of the gas pipeline and other issues of mutual interest."We will decide the day when [the pipeline] will be opened,"he said, adding that that will happen "in March or April." In addressing the Armenian parliament later in the day, Movsisian implied that the 40 kilometer pipelines effective transfer under Russian control was a forgone conclusion and denied that this would reflect negatively on Armenia’s energy security. He assured lawmakers that "in one or two years"Armenian gas imports from Iran will equal those from Russia even if ARG becomes the owner of the newly built pipeline.

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