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Ankara's bargaining over gas price aims to divide Iran, Russia

Ankara's bargaining over the price of gas it imports from Iran aims to divide Iran and Russia and lower the commodity's price to its desirable level, said an Iranian official in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

Talking to reporters, Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Exports Company Roknoddin Javadi made it clear that Russia is Iran's rival only on Turkish and European markets and does not compete with the country on other markets.

Turkish media had over recent weeks quoted Turkish energy ministry officials as saying that Turkey was ready to bargain over the price of gas price it imports from Iran.

The media claimed that Turkey is trying to diversify its ga suppliers and has been making efforts to lower the price of its imported gas.

As for the amount of gas Iran exports to Turkey, Javadi said Iran exported 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey last year, a figure that is going to stand at about six billion cubic meters this year.

On measures taken to export natural gas to India, Javadi said that initially, Iran will export gas to Pakistan through pipelines and then negotiations will be held with India for export of the commodity via Pakistan after settlement of political issues between the two countries.

On export of gas to the UAE, Javadi said the UAE's policy to meet its needs for gas is based on imports from various sources. To this end, said Javadi, the UAE has entered into talks with Iran while signing a contract with Qatar for the same purpose. He said Iran will export gas to the UAE at market prices as of 2006.

... Payvand News - 2/23/04 ... --

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