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Saakashvili Says Gas Hike No 'Catastrophe' For Georgia


http://gdb.rferl.org/CAA81C05-09F7-4F32-9D52-4D829148561E_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/CAA81C05-09F7-4F32-9D52-4D829148561E_mw800_mh600.jpg An employee of the Russian gas company, Novatek (file photo) (AFP) November 3, 2006 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says he regrets Russia's decision to hike gas prices to Georgia but doesn't expect it will mean a "catastrophe" for his country.


Saakashvili's comments today in Monaco came as Georgian officials spoke to Russia's Gazprom in a bid to persuade it to reconsider plans to double the price for gas.


Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli says talks are underway on alternative supplies from Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkmenistan.



(Rustavi 2, AP)

Russian Sanctions On Georgia

Georgian deportees arriving in Tbilisi on October 6 (epa)


RUSSIA DEPORTING GEORGIANS. Despite Georgia's release of four military officers accused of spying on October 2, Russia has continued its transport and postal blockade of Georgia, and has also deported hundreds of Georgians.... (more)


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