Belarus settles debt to Gazprom, wants transit money now

MINSK, June 23 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarus has fully settled its gas indebtedness to Gazprom, but at the same demanded it wants Gazprom's debt for gas transit paid within hours, by 10:00 Moscow time on Thursday, Belarussian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said.

"We were forced to make a gesture of good will, to borrow money, because the situation in Belarus is no simple, and at 16:00 local time (17:00 Moscow time) the 187 million-dollar bill Gazprom presented to Beltransgaz was paid," Semashko said.

At the same time he added: "My demand is Gazprom should settle its own debt for gas transit in an amount of 260 million US dollars by 10:00 tomorrow morning." Semashko warned that his country would be forced to stop transiting hydrocarbons, if this payment from Gazprom did not arrive on time.


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