Authorities Threaten National-Economic Security of Georgia by Making Main Gas Pipeline Privatization Available, says Opposition MP

The Georgian government calls into question the national and economic security of Georgia through making the main gas pipeline privatization available, MP Guram Chakhvadze from the National-Democratic party noted on July 14.

The ruling majority has not taken into account the opposition proposal, under which state was to maintain the casting vote in the trunk gas pipeline at a legislative level to prevent expected risks.

Chakhvadze said the parliament's decision has created a legal basis the Russian Federation acquire the strategic asset without problems. An only privatization term is a high price and Russian Gazprom has no problems in this respect, he added.

"The law has been adopted in rush and the adoption process was not transparent. Therefore, we cast doubt that the trunk gas pipeline may be sold for a far lower price and this is not novelty in the Georgian reality", the MP noted.

The Georgian parliament adopted a bill on state property by the second hearing on July 13. The law does not mention the trunk gas pipeline in the list of the assets, which are not subjected to privatization.