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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Statement on the content of official website of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC)

In connection with the  posted  content  on the official website of  the  National  Iranian  Gas  Company  (NIGC),  the  following  is noted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

Company’s  message  has  tendentious  and  biased  nature,  is considered by us as an attempt to  mislead all  of us,  regarding to the  debt  repayment  obligations  of  the  Company  to  the  Turkmen side.

In particular, the statements about the alleged violations of the contract from  State Concern «Turkmengaz», related to the quality and volume of the supplied gas simply are  not true.

In fact, during the realization of the  Contract for the supply of Turkmen gas to Iran,  there  were observed numerous violations of taken  by  the  NIGC  commitments.  Despite  the  fact  that  the principle  «take  or  pay»  is  one  of  the  main  conditions  of  the Contract,  the  National  Iranian  Gas  Company  do  not  provide samples  of  the  contracted  gas  for  a  number  of  years  in  large volumes.  At  the  same  time,  the  Company  did  not  provide  the Turkmen side any financial compensation.

One  sided  NIGC  statements  on  conducted  “many  hours ineffective negotiations” are also unsubstantiated and emotional. In this  regard  it should be emphasized that on the initiative of the  Turkmen  side  regularly  there  were  held  meetings, consultations and negotiations with representatives of the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran and NIGC.  In this process, the Turkmen side has repeatedly come out with concrete proposals, aimed not only at addressing emerging issues related to gas deliveries under longterm Contract, but also for the expansion of the Turkmen-Iranian cooperation in the gas sector. Due to this constructive approach of the  Turkmen  side  was  possible  to  achieve  results  on  current subjects of the gas partnership between Turkmenistan and Iran.

An example of media passage is the comment of the company that  «the  intervention  of  the  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  of Turkmenistan in the legal dispute between the two companies is a violation of the Contract».

In this case, no  violation can  be by definition, because such issues are not prescribed in the commercial agreements or treaties. At the same time it is well known that one of the main tasks of the Foreign  Ministry  of  any  state  is  to  protect  the  interests  of  the country  (including  economic)  rights  of  its  citizens  and  legal entities.  From  this  standpoint  one  should  understand  the  activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in coverage of the above issues.

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