Belarus to pay for Russian gas supplies within two weeks

MINSK, June 21 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarus will pay for Russian gas supplies within two weeks, Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko told reporters on Monday.

"We do not conceal that we have some problems with currency reserves. Belarus should make some borrowings to meet the payment deadlines. We hope that probably not today, but we will find an opportunity to make borrowings and will repay the gas debt," the first deputy prime minister said.

"They (Russia) will pay for gas transit. We will pay for gas supplies," he underlined.

Semashko also noted that upon the results of the Monday gas negotiations in Moscow the countries are planning to sign a protocol, "with which we will probably not agree fully, but it is important that Russia admitted its $217 million debt for the gas transit supplies through Belarus."


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