The "Georgian party": Sakartvelo is blackmailing West with privatization
According to a representative of the political council of the "Georgian Party" Sopo Khorguani, the official authorities of Georgia are blackmailing the West with gas pipeline. As reported by the "GHN", this is how Khorguani commented on the recent statement of Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri, according to which they are going to place shares of the State Oil and Gas Corporation to world stock exchanges.
According to the "Georgian Party", we are talking about monetary shares, whose owners will not be eligible for direct control of the company. However, it is possible that there will be placed a 25 percent stake, and gradually the majority of shares can fall into the hands of one man, said the "Georgian Party".
"It is no convincing explanation of the authorities that the purpose of placing shares of the main gas pipeline to the stock exchange in London, Warsaw and New York, is to determine their prices. This can be done in another way. In fact, this action authorities confirm that they experience the financial crisis, and they need additional credits. All this is done specifically for this purpose" - said Khorguani.
"Today the government is blackmailing the West with this statement and say - if you do not want the shares of gas pipeline fell into the hands of Russia, then buy the shares yourself" - she added.
"The authorities have become chronic blackmailers. Today, they are blackmailing the West, and saying - give money or we'll give a gas pipeline into the hands of Russia and will go to the Russian orbit" - added member of the opposition, reminding that this spring the Russian company has already bought the Georgian "Temple-1" and "The Temple 2".
Earlier today opposition party "Free Georgia" opposed the privatization of state companies whose minority stake Georgian authorities intend to bring to the international stock markets.
"These companies are a national treasure and at the same time - part of the national security system, therefore, we consider it inadmissible to transfer them to private companies" - said in a statement of "Free Georgia".
The fact that the Georgian government intends to put up for auction a number of strategic sites was revealed yesterday.