"The Belarussian top has been deliberately working in the preceding months to provoke the current crisis. Whatever Gazprom Co. would do to come at mutually acceptable and economically sound settlement of the available disputes, Minsk never ceased to impose on it such options that would, de facto, cause major Russian financial losses. Belarussian leaders were artificially imposing a political purport on the problem, and thus thwarting efforts for mutually acceptable understandings," the statement emphasizes.
Gazprom was forced, yesterday, into suspending gas exports to Belarus, and to third countries via Belarus as Beltransgaz Co. was making unauthorized use of Russian gas. After that, President Lukashenko said he agreed to accept Moscow terms for Russian gas imports - and warned, at the same time, that "Belarus will reappraise its relations with Russia." He repeated his previous demand for Belarus importing Russian gas at Russian domestic prices and, to make things worse, alleged that Russia was enjoying privileges in his country.
"With today's move, Russia determined to destroy all recent understandings," said President Lukashenko.