Gazprom does not pay for gas transit, says Belarus

MOSCOW, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian state gas company Beltransgaz said its Russian counterpart Gazprom has not paid for gas transit to Europe via Belarus as of 11 a.m. Moscow time (0700 GMT) Thursday, Russian news agencies reported.

However, according to Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov, Russian energy giant has paid 1.45 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic meters of gas transported for 100 km, or in total 228 million dollars.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller earlier told President Dmitry Medvedev that Belarus has fully cleared its debt due, and in turn Gazprom's gas supplies to the country will resume in full.

Belarus has threatened to stop Russian gas transit to Europe should Gazprom not pay its transit fees.

According to Miller, the transit fees demanded by Minsk was too high and did not comply with the contract.


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