Russia's Gazprom spokesman says gas dispute with Belarus over

MOSCOW, Jun 24 (PRIME-TASS) -- Sergei Kupriyanov, a spokesman for gas giant Gazprom, on Thursday said he believed the Russian-Belarusian gas dispute was over.

"We believe that, despite the fact that some issues remain, currently there are no reasons for any problems with transit or gas supplies to Belarus," he said.

Kupriyanov said one of the remaining issues was a disagreement over the transit fee.

He said Gazprom would agree to a rise in the transit fee if Beltransgaz set up a joint venture with the gas giant to sell gas to Belarusian consumers, provided that gas prices for such consumers are increased.

Currently, Gazprom sells gas to Beltransgaz, which in turn sells it to consumers in Belarus.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the E.U. energy commissioner said Russian gas supplies through Belarus to Lithuania were being restored, ITAR-TASS reported.

Earlier on Thursday, Gazprom said that Beltransgaz had paid its debt for gas supplies and that Russian gas supplies to Belarus would be fully resumed.


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