FOCUS News Agency
Minsk. Belarus will be unable to ensure full Russian natural gas transit to Europe, if Russia cuts gas supplies to the ex-Soviet republic by 85% over a debt row, a source in the Belarusian Energy Ministry said on Sunday, RIA Novosti reports.
Belarus refuses to pay the Russian gas price, set at $169 per 1,000 cubic meters for the first quarter of the year and $185 for the second quarter, and has been paying $150 since Jan. 1 instead.
Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has warned Belarus' pipeline firm Beltransgaz that it may cut gas supplies from June 21 over the country's debts, Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said on Wednesday.