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Armenia Expects Russian Gas Deliveries To Resume Today

(RFE/RL) 30 January 2006 -- Industry officials in Armenia say they expect Russian gas deliveries from Georgia to resume later today.

Shushan Sardarian, a spokeswoman for the Russian-Armenian ArmRosGazprom joint venture, said today Russian supplies should reach the Armenian-Georgian border at 8 pm local time.

Russian deliveries to Georgia and Armenia resumed on 29 January. However, they were suspended a few hours later due to freezing cold.

Sardarian said Russian gas had now reached Georgia and would proceed to Armenia after pressure in the pipeline is stabilized.

On 22 January, twin explosions heavily damaged the Mozdok-Tbilisi gas pipeline, bringing Russian deliveries to Georgia and Armenia to a halt.

Georgia is getting emergency deliveries from Iran and Azerbaijan.

(Novosti-Armenia, A1Plus)