Belarus gas deliveries resume in full, Gazprom says

Moscow - Gas deliveries from Belarus have resumed in full a day after agreement on the country's back payments to Russia was reahced, Russian energy giant Gazprom said Thursday.

Gazprom chief Alexei Miller, in remarks reported by Interfax, also confirmed that Belarus had paid the Gazprom bill of 187 million dollars on Wednesday.

The development still leaves the issue of Belarusian counter- claims seeking payment of transit fees totalling 260 million dollars which Belarus says Moscow owes for using its pipelines.

Belarus had threatened Gazprom with cutting off the throughput of gas to the West if Russia did not pay the money by 10 am local time Thursday.

The warning was issued by Belarusian First Deputy Premier Vladimir Semashko on Wednesday who had said that 'if payment is not received from Gazprom, 'we will be forced to stop the transit of hydrocarbons across Belarusian territory.'


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