Armenia wants Russia to compensate 30% of customs fees for gas

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said that presidents of Armenia and Russia had discussed gas problems and formed a working group to formulate gas prices. He noted that the minimal prices of gas totaled $189, but 30% of custom fees increased the sum to $270. Armenia wants its strategic partner Russia to help compensate the custom fees, Radio Svoboda reports.

The prime minister stated that Russia approved the idea which may be realized in form of a grant.

Sargsyan reminded that Armenia was a member of the EurAsEC and the Customs Union and that signing of an association agreement with the EU would not disharmonize its membership. Armenia wants to cooperate both with the EU and the EurAsEC.

The official added that Armenia did not want the Russian Federal Migration Service to open offices in the republic and was opposed to the So’otechestvenniki program. The program encourages migration from Armenia to Russia. Migration offices would help realize the program.

Armenia has own program realized with the World Bank to open additional workplaces in 55 communities and improve standards of living. $23 million were granted for the state program and $31 million more will be available later. The number of communities increased by 17. $30 million will allow communities to double.

The Russian program encouraging compatriots to migrate was approved by the president in June 2006 to stimulate migration to Russia and compensate demographic losses.