Lukashenko gives govt few days to settle gas transit debt with RF

MINSK, June 25 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gave the government a few days to agree with the Russian gas major Gazprom on the gas transit debt repayment.

"I warn the government once again that if Gazprom fails to repay for all gas transit supplies within days Belarus should suspend all Russian gas and oil transit supplies," he said at a meeting of the government.

"You have an opportunity to come to terms, but the deadline for you is 48 hours. I gave these instructions to the prime minister and the deputy prime minister yesterday," the president said.

Lukashenko stated that he would like to hear a report about the current situation in the relations with Russia, including in energy resources. "Probably, you have already come to terms. I would like you to report about it," the president told the prime minister.

Gazprom is in no debt for Belarus under the current contract terms, Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov commented on Alexander Lukashenko's statement on Friday.


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