Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will meet with his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich to discuss economic and energy cooperation.
The Belarusian premier intends to negotiate a decrease in the natural gas price, the terms of oil supply in 2011 as well as the construction of a Belarusian nuclear power plant and a loan from the Eurasian Economic Community (Eurasec), comprising Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Belarus has made no secret of its desire to negotiate a better price for Russian gas. Russia slashed supplies to Belarus in a row over gas payments in June 2010, but later resumed them after Minsk paid off its $200 million debt to Gazprom.
As regards oil, Russian oil companies have now suspended supplies to Belarus until new contracts on the price of duty-free oil are signed. Russia canceled oil duties for Belarus from January 1.
MOSCOW, January 20 (RIA Novosti)