Georgia is thinking of selling part of Russia-Armenia gas pipeline stock
Georgian government is not considering the issue of selling the North-South cross-country gas pipeline and is not conducting any negotiations on the matter with any companies or countries, IA REGNUM correspondent was told by First Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia Mariam Valishvili.
She has no idea where the foreign media took the date of April 2011 when the five-year ban imposed on the object on the U.S.' requirement allegedly expires. "I don't know where they have taken this date; most probably, these are certain preventive measures on the part of Armenia, for instance, for which it is not very desirable if Azerbaijan comes into possession of the gas pipeline", - Mariam Valishvili supposes.
According to her, even if the Georgian government considers the issue of selling the gas pipeline in future, it will surely consider a number of factors, including the prospect of acquiring political opponents and other issues.
At the same time, Mariam Valishvili reported that in a year or two it is planned to realize part of the stock of the Georgian energy companies, including international exchanges and it is quite possible that part of the stock belonging to the gas line owner, Oil Corporation and Georgian Gas, will also be offered at the stock exchange. However, according to the first deputy minister, this will not mean the sales or privatization of the gas pipeline, for the controlling interest won't be realized.