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Armenia has sold its 20% stake in ArmRusgasprom to Gazprom for 63bln AMD, opposition MP Levon Zurabyan said in the Armenian Parliament on Wednesday.
He said that the Armenian authorities did it to keep down the gas price before the presidential elections 2013.
Zurabyan explained that Gazprom has already raised its price for Armenia to $240 per 1,000 c m but the Armenian authorities are still paying $180.
"The difference will be covered by the country's stake in ArmRusgasprom. But Apr 1 2013 we will still have to start paying $240," Zurabyan said.
Armenia's Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan said that the Armenian authorities are still negotiating with Gazprom. "The negotiations are confidential and I cannot specify anything before they are over," the Minister said.