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The debt of Belarus for Russian gas deliveries is 165,57 million dollars. Gazprom is ready to start negotiations on the revision of the contract only after the settlement of this question. This was stated by the head of the Russian company Alexey Miller, reports TASS.
This year Gazprom will not reduce gas prices for neighboring countries, we are talking only about the conditions of supply from 1 January 2021. It is linked to the requirement of repayment.
According to Miller, a letter outlining the company’s position on Friday, may 29, is directed to the Minister of energy of Belarus Viktor Karankevich.
In the spring the President of Republic Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly complained about the overpriced, in his opinion, the cost of Russian gas. In may, he pointed out that even Germany buys it two times cheaper.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian economic Council, called the price is economically justified as it is based on market conditions taking into account the cost and investment providers. He also refused to talk about the overall tariffs for transit and gas supplies, explaining that the Association of lack of integration.
Earlier “Gazprom” has twice refused to neighbouring countries to reform their gas supply contracts downward, after which they appealed to the Stockholm arbitration court and won the case.
Ukraine, the court awarded compensation in the amount of five billion dollars, of which almost three billion was necessary to give money. Poland made compensation in the amount of $ 1.5 billion, the parties are still negotiating the settlement. Kiev buys Russian gas directly from 2015, Poland will reject it in 2022, when the end of the current contract.
On the background of the conflict over the price of Russian oil, Minsk began to look for alternative suppliers. They were Azerbaijan, Norway, Saudi Arabia and the United States, and deliveries of the first three have already taken place.
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