Gazprom says will not wait 2 weeks for Minsk to pay off gas debt

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Gazprom will not wait two weeks for Belarus to pay off its gas debt and will continue to gradually reduce supplies to Russia's ex-Soviet neighbor, the Russian energy giant's spokesman said Monday.

Gazprom will not wait two weeks for Belarus to pay off its gas debt and will continue to gradually reduce supplies to Russia's ex-Soviet neighbor, the Russian energy giant's spokesman said Monday.

"It is clear that 15% is just the beginning, no one is going to wait two weeks. The situation will next be discussed tomorrow at 10 a.m.," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.

Gazprom started reducing gas supplies to Belarus on Monday over the debt, starting with a 15% cut in daily deliveries that is to gradually rise to 85%.

Belarus has paid for Russian gas at 2009 prices this year, despite increases to $169 per 1,000 cubic meters in the first quarter and $185 in the second quarter. Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said Monday the country expected to pay the difference - which he put at $187 million - within two weeks.

MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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