MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia estimates Belarusian gas debt to be approximately $550 million, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Saturday.
"In our opinion, [Belarusian gas debt to Russia] stands at about $550 million. That's according to our estimates," Dvorkovich said.
Russia and Belarus have been in talks over the price of Russian gas deliveries to Belarus for months. In November 2016, Russia said Belarus owed it $281 million for gas, with Minsk refusing to recognize the debt. Belarus had initially bargained for $73 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas instead of $132, which it considered unfair.