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Gazprom Threatens To Cut Gas To Georgia


http://gdb.rferl.org/B1D9EE63-B2BE-42CA-8F36-3890E5EEDAD1_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B1D9EE63-B2BE-42CA-8F36-3890E5EEDAD1_mw800_mh600.jpg Gazprom's threat raises the prospect of a repeat of scenes in January 2006, when Georgians queued for gas following explosions on the pipeline from Russia (epa) November 7, 2006 -- The head of Gazprom says Russia's gas monopoly could halt supplies to Georgia if Tbilisi does not agree a deal on new gas prices for 2007 by the end of this year.


Aleksandr Medvedev said today Georgia could offer assets in exchange for lower prices.


Gazprom has demanded that Georgia pay $230 per 1,000 cubic meters in 2007, up from $110 now.


Georgia says the proposed price is political.


(Interfax, Reuters)

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