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URGENT: Russia calls 'fake offside' Belarusian attempt to blow off gas debt - Gazprom CEO

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Belarus' announcement that Russia owes it for gas transit to Europe is only an attempt to draw attention away from its own debts, Russian Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Saturday.

 Belarus' announcement that Russia owes it for gas transit to Europe is only an attempt to draw attention away from its own debts, Russian Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said on Saturday.

Belarusian First Deputy Energy Minister Eduard Tovpinets on Friday evening announced that Gazprom owes some $200 million euros to Belarus for gas transit fees to Europe, the same amount that Gazprom says Belarus owes for gas deliveries.

"In football terminology, we could call this unsuccessful attempt [by Belarus] to create a 'fake offside,'" Miller said on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, June 19 (RIA Novosti)

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