negotiations on the terms of Russian gas supplies to Belarus in 2021 will take place after the repayment of the debt for current supplies. This was stated today to journalists the Chairman of Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller.
According to him, the total amount of the Belarusian debt for Russian gas deliveries for today is $165,57 million, reports “Interfax”.
“once fully settled the debt, the Russian side will be ready to assign the negotiations on gas supplies on 1 January 2021,” he indicated Miller.
we will Remind, earlier the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the price of gas for his country. In particular, on 14 April, he said that in a pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19 price of natural gas should be “more adaptive”. “Inflexibility negatively affects the entire chain of added value formation. So, undermines the sustainability of the Union,” warned the head of state.
Lukashenko is convinced that “with such a sharp change in the economic environment the price of (natural gas — ed.) needs to be more adaptive and settlement mechanism — a lifting for consumers”.
In this connection, the Belarusian leader appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to be able to consider this issue.
Before Lukashenka called on Russia to reduce prices for supplied gas to the world level, if Moscow really wants to help Minsk. “If you want to help make us the world price for natural gas. Today in Europe the natural gas Russia sells for $80, not above $90 for 1 thousand cubic meters. And we pay $127. Where the price is today? Here want to help, help. No money, not asking for anything. Why are we to tear the skin?”, — said the Belarusian President.
let’s Add, that on 14 February 2020 “Gazpromom” signed a Protocol that defines the order of formation of prices for supply of natural gas to Belarus in 2020. The document was signed in St.-Petersburg the Chairman of Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller and the Ambassador of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko.
31 December 2019 was signed a Protocol on formation of prices for gas from Russia to Belarus, but only for January—February of the current year. As said by the Belarusian energy Ministry, the price of gas for these two months was fixed at 2019 — $127 per thousand cubic meters.
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