TBILISI (News.az)—A source in the Georgian government has confirmed information that the North-South gas pipeline which links Russia and Armenia will likely be acquired in part by the Azerbaijan state oil and gas company—(SOCAR)—reported the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
The newspaper’s sources in Tblisi said: “Because of the economic crisis, Georgia has decided to take the North-South pipeline off the list of strategic assets not to be privatized. Observers in Tblisi say the new owner of the pipeline is 99 percent likely to be SOCAR.”
“Last month, the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev conducted negotiations on the topic with Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili,” reported Hurriyet, explaining that if this were in fact true, Baku would control the tap of Armenian energy. “Yerevan is seriously concerned that the gas pipeline may end up in the hands of Azerbaijan,” added the article.
On July 6, the Georgian parliament passed a resolution on privatizing the pipeline, including the portion that supplies gas to Armenia.