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Iran-Armenia pipeline is not for sale: minister

TEHRAN, Apr. 28 (Mehr News Agency) - Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan denies it while Manok Gasparian, an MP, says that the contract indicating the sale of Iran-Armenia Gas Export Pipeline is on his table.

However, the Prime Minister did acknowledge the sale of 5th energy unit of Hrazdan (Harazdan-5) to Gazprom of Russia for $60m as part of ongoing privatization process in Armenia, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.

Elsewhere in the news, the nation's Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan reiterated that the pipeline is not for sale while the Russian company omitted this section from its news site and corrected it later. The energy minister also rejected that the money has been transferred to the Defense Ministry's account.

"The contract clearly states that 40 km of the pipeline will be sold to Gazprom and the plan to construct additional 137 km is on the agenda," Gasparian emphasized.

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