Russia threatens Georgia gas supply

Gazprom said the price of gas will increase by 125% next year.

    Georgia experienced a gas crisis in January when the main pipeline for gas exports was attacked [EPA] 

    Georgia, which now pays $110 per cubic metre, has accused Russia of using its energy resources as "political blackmail" and as a means of punishing the small, ex-Soviet republic for its efforts to join Nato and shake off the Kremlin's influence.
     
    Russia denies the accusations, saying the price is similar to what it charges other European consumers.


    Relations between the two countries hit a new low recently when Georgia briefly detained four Russian military officers on spying charges in September.

     

    Moscow retaliated with an economic and transport blockade and a crackdown on Georgian migrants.


    In a related development, officials in Armenia, which borders Georgia to the south, said Georgian authorities have pledged to restore gas supplies by Thursday after an avalanche damaged a pipeline that transports Russian gas to Armenia.


    Gazprom officials warned that the disruption, which occurred on Sunday, created dangerous gas import shortages for Armenia and suggested Georgia would be unable to repair the pipeline promptly.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?