Belarus gas supplies now back to normal

Barcelona News.Net

Russian gas giant, Gazprom, was ordered on the weekend to begin cutting the gas flow to Belarus.

Gazprom chief Alexei Miller took his instruction from Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, who ordered the cut-off after Belarus refused to pay some US$200 million to Russia for gas supplies.

The decision was of concern to neighbours in Europe who thought they would be denied Russian gas, which is piped across the frontiers of Belarus to other countries.

But the problem has been resolved by a Belorussian delegation which was sent to Moscow to discuss the problem of non-payment.

Despite Belarus initially challenging the Kremlin's demands, the delegation has agreed that their country will pay the bill.

By the time the delegation arrived, Moscow had begun to turn the tap off, restricting deliveries by 15 percent, warning Minsk it would reduce the flow on a daily basis unless the outstanding debt was paid.

Deliveries to Lithuania, Poland and Germany could have been disrupted.


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