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Gazprom to Take Over Iranian-Armenian Pipeline

Giving away perhaps the last opportunity for energy independence, Armenia plans to sell its 41-kilometer-long section of an Iranian natural-gas export pipeline to Russian energy leviathan, Gazprom. The decision leaves Moscow in full control of natural-gas supply routes to Armenia.  

Armenia Energy Minister Ara Simonian assured  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, however, that the terms of a state license will not allow Gazprom Armenia to mess with imports from Iran.

Those imports, though, are just a quarter of the annual 2 billion cubic meters Armenia receives from Russia, its economic and security patron.

Originally, many observers abroad and in Armenia alike had hoped that the Iranian-Armenia pipeline, completed in 2008, would wean Armenia off energy dependence on Russia.

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Gazprom to Take Over Iranian-Armenian Pipeline

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