TBILISI, 25 January 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Georgia today said that Iran has offered to supply it with natural gas until Russia resumes its deliveries in full.
A statement posted on the Georgian Foreign Ministry's website says Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made the offer on 24 January during a telephone conversation with his Georgian counterpart, Gela Bezhuashvili.
Twin explosions on 22 January heavily damaged the Mozdok-Tbilisi pipeline, cutting off gas supplies to Georgia and Armenia. Repair work is underway.
Georgia accuses Russia of sabotaging the pipeline. Moscow denies the charge.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said that his country, which depends heavily on Russia for its gas supplies, should become self-sufficient in energy by 2009.
Georgia is currently looking at Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Iran as potential alternative gas suppliers.
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