Progress in economic relations of Armenia with Russia and other partners to significantly depend on energy prices, which do not restrict economic competition, said the Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.
YEREVAN, 16 Jan – hamlet Matevosyan. The authorities of Armenia turned to Russia with a request to reduce tariffs on imported to the Republic with natural gas and expect the positive decision of a question, said Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Saturday held a meeting with a group of businessmen, engaged in the manufacture and export of household goods and food.
“Domestic manufacturers have expressed to the Prime Minister its concern about the negative impact of energy prices on the competitiveness of local products and preservation of workplaces”, — the press service of the Armenian government.
Entrepreneurs asked Abrahamian, based on the world dynamics of prices on energy resources within the membership to address the Russian Federation with a request to reduce the tariff on natural gas and switch to settlements in national currency.
Abrahamyan stressed that the progress in economic relations of Armenia with Russia and other partners to significantly depend on energy prices, which do not restrict economic competition.
“The Armenian authorities have already appealed to the authorities of the Russian Federation and, taking into account the strategic nature of relations between the two countries, expecting a positive decision,” — said the Prime Minister.
Armenia receives Russian gas at preferential rates. According to the signed September 7, 2015 the Armenian-Russian Protocol, the base price on supply from Russia to Armenia gas reduced from $ 189 to 165 dollars for 1 thousand cubic meters. Russia is the main supplier of oil products to Armenia. The company “Gazprom Armenia” (100% subsidiary of Russian Gazprom) has a monopoly on supply and distribution in the domestic market of Armenia natural gas coming from Russia through Georgia.