Belarus still has to transfer to Russia money for gas. About it as transfers “Interfax”, said on Wednesday to the journalists the Vice-Premier of the Russian government Arkady Dvorkovich.
“They are not listed because, as we agreed, this should be combined with the signing of agreements on some other topics. They have not yet signed, so the money is not listed. It is paired questions is simple,” he said.
“We have not signed the agreement since they have to go through the process of government meeting. So we will discuss that further,” – said Dvorkovich. “Tomorrow the President will be in Belarus, I think there are answers to be received”, – concluded the Deputy Prime Minister.
Recall that after the global collapse of energy prices in Minsk called fair price supplied to Belarus the Russian gas in the amount of 73 dollars per 1,000 cubic meters (now the price for Belarus is 132 dollars).
Negotiations are conducted since autumn of last year. Since January, Minsk began to pay for Russian gas deliveries in full, and Moscow later on the background of the gas dispute has cut supplies of oil to Belarus.
Last time Belarus promised to transfer the amount of the debt for Russian gas on Friday, October 21.
On 10 October President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko saidthat Minsk and Moscow settled the issue in the sphere of energy supplies. In Minsk it was announced that Russia will restore the volumes of oil supplies to the Belarusian side, which are shorter since the beginning of this year, while Belarus will cancel the decision on increase of tariffs on oil transit.
The same day Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev saidthat the gas price for Belarus will remain unchanged and that no discounts are foreseen.
In July, Minister of energy of Russia Alexander Novak said that the debt of Belarus for gas is $ 270 million. Minsk, the debt is not admitted, stating the unfairness of the contract price. Russia insisted that before the removal of differences payment can be made in existing conditions.
This summer, Russia cut oil supplies to Belarus in the third quarter by 2 million tons compared to the previously planned volume. According to Alexander Novak, the vacant volume of oil was exported to far abroad “for the purposes of filling the budget of the Russian Federation, as oil supplies to Belarus are carried out on a duty free basis”.