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Monday, October 24, 2016

Belarus refused from the debt for Russian gas of $125 million

Belarus is not going to return to “Gazprom” debt for natural gas, which amounted to more than $ 125 million. In Minsk believe that the Republic must pay $ 80 per thousand cubic meters of “blue fuel” instead of 142.

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Minsk has no debts before the Russian holding for delivered to the Republic of natural gas, said on Thursday reporters the head of the Ministry of energy of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik, reports “Interfax”.

“There is no debt. Belarus pays in accordance with the agreements. Here in court and we will deal with this issue”, — said the Minister.

In his opinion, the Republic should pay $ 80 per thousand cubic meters instead of the current 142-H. Potupchik noted that countries have different interpretations of the intergovernmental agreement, from-for what there is misunderstanding.

“The Russian side believes that there is a price “Yamal”. We believe that from January 1 need to act the market equal profit rates”, — he said. The official has accused Moscow of the fact that it goes from the solution of this question.

Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak, in turn, told reporters that since the beginning of the year Belarus owes Gazprom more than $ 125 million. The Minister added that this figure is constantly changing, every day.”

“Gazprom transgaz Belarus” on may 3, has addressed in arbitration court with the requirement to recover the debt from the Belarusian state-owned enterprises. As stated by Vice-Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, the Russian side believes that “gas companies, some paid for the gas that we receive from 1 January this year.”

In early April, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Minsk and Moscow have not yet agreed on a discount on Russian fuel. “Gazprom” has considered a price reduction for Belarus irrational.

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