Armenian environmental activists warn that humans may not be the only ones to suffer from an expected gas price hike this year. Armenia’s estimated 340,000 hectares of woodland could suffer as well, as Armenians scramble to find wood to heat their homes.
Russian energy giant Gazprom, which controls gas exports to Armenia, has already pledged to increase gas prices this year to “market rates.” The current average price for Gazprom gas exported to Europe is $300 per thousand cubic meters. Armenia currently pays $180 per thousand cubic meters.
At least publicly, there appears to be little inclination on Gazprom’s side to reconsider. In a January 18 interview with Der Spiegel, Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller stated that “We've agreed with Armenia that, in the future, they should buy our gas at market rates.”
Armenia’s talks with Gazprom about the price increase are expected to conclude in late February.
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