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    NO AGREEMENT, SO FAR, BETWEEN RUSSIA AND BELARUS ON GAS SHIPMENTS AND TRANSIT

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 2 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Russia and Belarus have not yet reached agreement on the resumption of Russian gas supplies and gas transit via Belarus, Gazprom deputy chairman of the board Alexander Ryazanov told a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

    The Russian company is ready this year to supply 10.2 billion cubic meters of gas for approximately 50 dollars per cubic meter. The proposal has been brought home to the Belarussian side, he said.

    "We expected the contract to be signed last week. We are ready to ink it anytime," the spokesman for Gazprom said.

    Either two separate documents - for the transit and shipments of Russian gas - or one general contract can be concluded, he said.

    If Belarus does not sign a gas-shipment contract with Gazprom, which is a state-run company, it only remains for Minsk to conclude contracts with independent Russian gas companies, Ryazanov said.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the company circulated the report shifting the responsibility for not signing the gas-transit agreements to other European countries on the Belarussian side.

    The report says that Belarus has unilaterally increased the tariff from 16.5 rubles to 1.02 dollars (up to 29 rubles according to the current exchange rate). Gazprom is ready to agree to these terms but Minsk is doing nothing to conclude a transit agreement and "actually sabotages" its conclusion, says the Russian gas concern.

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