Changes in Russia's Energy Policy in Region Requires New Approaches to Security Issues Azerbaijani Energy Minister
The Azerbaijani Minister for Industry & Natural Resources, Natik Aliyev, stated in Tbilisi on 8 December, that the toughening of the energy sector policy requires new approaches by Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia. He made a statement prior to the commencement of the meeting of Energy Ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in Tbilisi, Trend Special Correspondent in Georgia reports.
The Azerbaijani Minister is currently at the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, where he is scheduled to participate in a meeting at midday with the Turkish Energy Minister, Hilmi Guler as well as the Georgian Energy Minister, Nika Gilauri.
Russia's decision to increase gas prices and reduce the volume is a definite problem and a new approach is required for the energy security of the region, Aliyev stressed.
He noted that they will discuss the approval of quotations in the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum gas pipeline. The meeting will be held privately and a statement to the media will take place at approximately 16.00 hours.
The Energy Ministers of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey are discussing in Tbilisi the allocation of additional volume of natural gas out of Turkey's share in the Shah Deniz gas field.
As a result of the talks, the Ministers will make a final decision on the volume of gas that Georgia will receive in the winter period via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum gas pipeline at Turkey's expense.