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The debt of Belarus before “Gazprom” for the delivered gas continues to rise, stated the Chairman of the Board of the Russian company Alexander Medvedev. The figure, he noted, is changing every day
The debt of Belarusian consumers to the company “Gazprom transgaz Belarus” (“a daughter” “Gazprom”) has exceeded $200 million, told journalists the Chairman of Board “Gazprom” Alexander Medvedev. On 12 may, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the debt of Belarus for delivered in four months, gas was $125 million “Figure is constantly changing, every day,” he said then.
In early may it became known that “Gazprom transgaz Belarus” has addressed in Arbitration court of Belarus with a complaint of untimely or incomplete payment of gas, the Belarusian regional gas companies.
The essence of the conflict was described by the newspaper “Kommersant”. Belarus needs to reduce the price of Russian gas nearly doubled — from $132 to $73 per 1 thousand cubic meters. m. the Contract price for Belarusian consumers “Gazprom” ($132 per 1 thousand cubic meters) under the intergovernmental agreement from 2011 is calculated in dollars as the sum of the price of gas in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (about $36 at the exchange rate on 1 January), transportation to Belarus (about $90) and storage in UGSF in Russia (about $6). But Minsk wants to pay for “equal price” that counts as the cost of gas on the German market minus a cost of transportation on Polish ($9 for 1 thousand cubic metres) and Belarusian ($12 for 1 thousand cubic meters) sections of the gas pipeline Yamal — Europe, and also export duties (30%).
The General Director of “Gazprom export” Elena Burmistrova on Tuesday said that the adjustment of prices of Russian gas for Belarusian consumers is possible only after changes to the intergovernmental agreement, reports “Interfax”. On the eve of Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich stated that Russia and Belarus have not yet made progress in gas talks. “Held, Yes (negotiation), yet there is no progress”, — he said (quoted by “Interfax”).
Meeting at the level of Ministers of energy of Russia and Belarus took place on 17 may. “We do not owe anything to the Russian side. We do not ask for any discounts on gas, we require a legal base”, — said on its results, the Minister of energy of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik. However, he noted that “the Russian side is starting to hear us and understand what we ask for.” For its part, the Russian Minister Alexander Novak said earlier that Moscow does not intend to change for Belarus, the gas price in the third quarter. “We have a contract valid for the whole year and is calculated according to the formula. Any agreements should not be here, because the price is determined by the supply of gas in accordance with a commercial contract,” he said may 28 (quoted by “RIA Novosti”). The next meeting of Russia and Belarus on the debt and the price of gas will be at the level of Vice-premiers.