Initial pressure has been restored inside all trunk pipelines snaking via Belarus; Poland, Germany and Lithuania continue to receive Russian gas in full volume, a press-center spokesperson noted.
Gazprom was forced to stop pumping gas to Belarus February 18 because it turned out that Beltransgaz was siphoning off Russian gas.
Clients in the Republic of Belarus started receiving less Russian gas at 10.00 a.m. February 18. Such restrictions were imposed in line with an appeal by independent supplier Trans Nafta because Beltransgaz had received all contractual gas volumes. Nor did the Belarussian side sign any new contracts, reads a Gazprom press release received by RIA Novosti.
On February 10 the Trans Nafta private company and the Beltransgaz public company inked a contract for the delivery of 640 million cubic meters of gas to Belarus; each 1,000 cubic meters of Russian gas will cost $46.68 in line with this contract.
Gazprom also resumed its gas deliveries to Belarus February 19, after the relevant contract was signed.