The official, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, said Turkmenistan
has never opted for resorting international arbitration over its gas dispute
with Iran, adding if the talks fail to reach any results for the two sides, the
case will have to be sorted out through international arbitration.
Earlier this year, Turkmenistan cut gas supplies to Iran, saying that
Iran had failed to pay its debt.
Iran claims that it incurred losses because of Turkmenistan's turning
off the tap, but has demanded that the two solve the matter by holding more
On January 1, the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) posted a press
release that claimed Turkmengaz, the Turkmen state gas company, had cut gas
supplies to Iran — violating a 20-year-old gas deal.
Asked about bringing Iran's production capacity of 5 million barrels
of crude oil and gas condensate, the official said, "We will reach this