Russian gas supplies to Armenia restored after bombs in Ingushetia

Russian gas supplies to ally Armenia were restored after being severed for a day when bombs were found under a pipeline in the Caucasus region of Ingushetia.

Russian gas supplies to Armenia restored after bombs in Ingushetia

Russian gas supplies to ally Armenia were restored on Monday after being severed for a day when bombs were found under a pipeline in the Caucasus region of Ingushetia.

Armenia gets around 2 billion cubic metres of gas annually from Russia, but customers were not affected, said Shushanik Sardaryan, a spokeswoman for ArmRosGazprom, a subsidiary of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.

"The supply of gas to Armenia has now restarted," she said on Monday.

Russian police defused two bombs and searched the area for other explosive devices, after the Mozdok-Tbilisi pipeline was shut down on Sunday, a police official in Ingushetia told Reuters.

Officials then worked to restore the flow of gas in the pipeline which also serves customers in Russia's North Ossetia and Ingushetia regions, an official for local gas firm Ingushneftegaz said.

Supplies of Russian gas to its ex-Soviet neighbours have been disrupted at various times in recent years by security scares and by political disputes.

Russia cut supplies to parts of the European Union last winter during a pricing dispute with Ukraine. Gazprom stopped buying gas from Turkmenistan in April after a pipeline explosion sparked a broader diplomatic row over gas.

One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Ingushetia borders Chechnya which declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Georgia, which also receives gas from the pipeline, has not been affected by the cut, a spokeswoman for the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation told Interfax news agency.

Reuters
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