Minsk demands Gazprom's confirmation of gas transit payment

MINSK, June 24 (Itar-Tass) - Belarus has received no official confirmation that Russia's Gazprom paid off its debt for gas transit, First Vice Premier Vladimir Semashko told a meeting of a gas dispute response team on Thursday.

"We've got no official confirmation that the money was transferred. We got the information from mass media and will wait for another two hours until 13:00 local time (14:00 Moscow time)," he said.

"If no official statement is made, we will introduce restrictions on Russian gas transit," Semashko said.

He stressed that Gazprom should pay off a 260 million dollar debt for transit in November-December and five months of 2010.

At the same time Semashko confirmed that he had the information that Gazprom has already paid off $228 million or 87 percent of the debt.


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