Chechnya closes Baku-Novorossiisk export pipeline

The Chechen government has shut down the part of Baku-Novorossiisk oil pipeline transiting its territory, which until recently was the only existing export route for oil coming out of Azerbaijan. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadovís' press secretary Mairbek Vachagayev said that Grozny had put trans-Chechnya oil transportation on hold because the Russian government had failed to pay for pipeline security measures, as agreed. Moscow has not paid the Chechen pipeline guards' wages or other security costs for 6 months, Vachagayev said. Russia's debt to Grozny for pipeline security now amounts to 100 million rubles, he said. He added that the Azerbaijani governm...

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