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Russian gas can be returned to South Ossetia soon2009-01-22 13:53
Natural gas, supplied to South Ossetia from Russia, can be returned to the republic in near future, stared Nino Enukidze, the Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia, to RIA-Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"All the details impeding the transit of Russian gas to South Ossetia are eliminated. The pipeline can technically let the gas flow. Legal issues, connected with the permission of Itera company, transporting fuel to the region, are solved by the Georgian government. The issuing of this permission is reasoned by the acting law of the occupied territories and prohibition of commerce in the territories of the republics", Enukidze stated.
She underlined that Tbilisi considered the request of Itera, as well as the EU and OSCE and issued the company the permission for gas supplies to the republic.
The gas pipeline was damaged in the five-day war and a few days ago was repaired under safety guarantees of the EU and OSCE monitors, Enukidze explained.
According to the Deputy Minister, now Itera need to sign an agreement for natural gas supplies to South Ossetia in 2009 with Russian suppliers.
Let us remind that Georgia cut off the gas pipeline leading to South Ossetia, during the August conflict.
In the result of combat actions the republican gas distributing net was severely damaged. According to the data of South Ossetian government, in October 2008 it was repaired and ready for gas transit.
On January 13th OSCE representatives participated in the Tbilisi - Tskhinval gas pipeline check and proved its good condition.