Gazprom has confirmed it has an outstanding debt to Belarus for gas transit, Gazprom's official representative Sergey Kupriyanov said. He added that the debt is the same size as Belarus' own $192 million debt to Russia for gas. He said the debt arose because of bureaucracy on the Belarussian side which failed to file an official act concerning the transit.
At the end of the week on June 18, Belarussian First Deputy Energy Minister Eduard Tovpinets said Gazprom owed his country for gas transit to Western Europe. He said the debt was about $200 million - as much as the Kremlin accuses Minsk of owing for gas supplies.