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Kocharian Heads To Moscow For Gas Talks --> Armenian President Kocharian (file photo) (CTK) 22 January 2006 -- Armenian President Robert Kocharian arrives in Moscow today for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A deal to raise the price of Russian gas deliveries to Armenia is likely to top the agenda. The two countries have reached a preliminary agreement under which Yerevan would continue to pay Russia $56 per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas until 1 April. The price would then rise to $110.

Putin and Kocharian should work out details of the deal today.

They will also take part in the ceremonial opening of the Year of Armenia in Russia.


Caspian Energy Special

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HOW MUCH OIL? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated that the Caspian could hold between 17 billion and 33 billion barrels of proven oil. ("Proven reserves" are defined by energy experts to be 90 percent probable.) Other experts estimate the Caspian could hold "possible reserves" of up to 233 billion barrels of oil. ("Possible reserves" are considered to be 50 percent probable.) By comparison, Saudi Arabia has 261 billion barrels of oil and the United States 23 billion...(more)

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