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Georgian Energy Minister: Relations with Gazprom Continue Today and will Continue in the Future

Vice-Premier, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze says that he cannot understand the excitement around Gazprom and  believes that to discuss this topic in the political context is wrong.

“We have had relationship with Gazprom for years. This relationship will continue   in the future. We received gas from Russia even during the 2008 war, we’re receiving  now and I am sure we will receive  in the future. Apart from Gazprom, we have  strong, good energy relations with Russia. During the winter we import electricity from Russia, so I think to discuss this topic in the political context is wrong,” says  Kakha Kaladze.

In his words,  he  had a meeting with  Gazprom representatives in Brussels, and it was no secret. We met in Brussels in  the center of Europe and it was a working meeting which is held almost every year”, the Minister of Energy underlines.

On September 25, in Brussels, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze met with the CEO of the Russian energy giant Gazprom Alexei Miller. Gazprom official site informs.

The information posted on the site says that the two sides discussed cooperation in the gas industry. Georgian Energy Ministry confirmed the information and said that the meeting touched on the preparation works for the 2015-2016 winter season as well as the issues of gas transit to  Armenia.

A few weeks ago the Russian Kommersant reported that Gazprom planned to export electricity generated by Razdan thermal power station to  Iran and Georgia. The station is owned by the Russian energy giant. Also a couple of weeks ago it was reported that Azerbaijan has a gas shortage and Gazprom is ready to supply its own gas.