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The South Pars Iranian gas field (file photo) (epa) February 25, 2007 -- Iran warned Turkey today not to reexport the Islamic state's natural gas to other countries. Iran has been exporting gas to Turkey since 2001 under an agreement signed in 1996.

Local media quote Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh as saying today that based on the agreement, Turkey has no legal right to export Iran's gas to other countries.

The comment follows a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Turkey earlier this month in which energy matters are thought to have been discussed.


How Much Do The Neighbors Pay?

SETTING THE RATES: With Gazprom negotiating new contracts, many states will be paying more for Russian natural gas in 2007.

  • Belarus, following tense negotiations with Gazprom, will pay $100 per 1,000 cubic meters in -- up from $47 in 2006. Ukraine, which depends on Russia to supply it with about 77 percent of its gas, will pay $130 per 1,000 cubic meters of a Turkmen-Russian gas mix. Moldova, which depends on Russia for 100 percent of its gas, will pay $170 per 1,000 cubic meters, with the price rising to European-level market price by 2011. Georgia has agreed to pay Gazprom $235 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas.


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