Iran to Take Gas Dis­pute With Turk­mens To Int’l Court

Iran News - - ایران نیوز -

TEHRAN (PressTV) - Iran plans to take Turk­menistan to in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion over the price and qual­ity of gas it has im­ported from the Cen­tral Asian neigh­bor, Min­is­ter of Petroleum Bi­jan Zan­ganeh says.

“Iran plans to sue Turk­menGaz over the qual­ity of the de­liv­ered gas. We have an­other com­plaint to file with the In­ter­na­tional Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion in or­der to have the com­pany re­con­sider the price of the ex­ported gas be­cause we be­lieve it is too high and has to be low­ered,” he said.

Turk­menistan stopped gas ex­ports to Iran about this time last year, de­mand­ing quick pay­ment of what it views as ar­rears which are dis­puted by Tehran.

The row dates back more than a decade re­lated to Iran’s im­ports of gas for dis­tri­bu­tion in its north­ern prov­inces, es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ter, be­cause the coun­try’s nat­u­ral gas fields are mostly lo­cated in the south.

Turk­menistan claims Iran owns it about $1.8 bil­lion, but Zan­ganeh re­it­er­ated that the fig­ure is not cor­rect.

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