The presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko instructed the heads of energy departments to resolve the dispute about the price of gas, introducing the discussion on “the highest level”. This was stated to journalists the press-Secretary of Putin, Dmitry Peskov, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“Resolved contacts continue, especially since both the President tough enough to put your subordinate Ministers on the need to resolve it at the working level, without introducing such technical disagreements to the highest level”, — said Peskov.
He also said that during today’s talks, the two leaders did not discuss the issue of granting Belarus a discount on Russian gas.
“There’s just a different understanding here is that these obligations have for the price” — said Peskov, noting that “it is a purely commercial dispute”.
Belarus asks Russia discount on gas, calling the fair price of $73 per 1 thousand cubic meters, whereas now pays $132.
On 28 may, the Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak said that the price of gas for Belarus will remain at that level, which determined the current contract, and Russia has no plans to reduce it in the third quarter.
On 31 may, the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexander Medvedev has informed that the debt of Belarus before “Gazprom transgaz Belarus” (“a daughter” “Gazprom”) has exceeded $200 million.