Gazprom may restrict gas transit via Belarus to Europe

MOSCOW, Jun 21 (PRIME-TASS) -- Russian gas giant Gazprom may restrict gas transit through Belarus to Europe, Sergei Kupriyanov, a Gazprom spokesman, said Monday.

He said Gazprom had notified European consumers about possible supply cuts.

Earlier on Monday, Gazprom reduced its gas supplies to Belarusian consumers because of a debt for gas.

Kupriyanov said Gazprom had cut gas supplies to Belarus scheduled for Monday, which were previously projected at 45 million cubic meters, by 7 million cubic meters.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Gazprom could re-orient its Europe-bound gas transit to Ukraine from Belarus. He added that annual Russian gas transit through Ukraine could be increased to 120 billion-130 billion cubic meters from the current 105 billion cubic meters.

Later on Monday, Belarusian Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said that Belarus expected to pay its debt for Russian gas supplies within two weeks.

Kupriyanov said, however, that Gazprom would not wait two weeks for the payment.


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