- CNTV English - CCTV News

Belarus says gas debt to Gazprom fully paid, demanding Russia to settle transit debt

06-24-2010 08:04 BJT

MOSCOW, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Belarus has transferred 187 million U.S. dollars to Russian gas giant Gazprom on Wednesday, fully paying its debt for gas, First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said in Minsk Wednesday.

"We have borrowed 200 million dollars today and transferred 187 million to Gazprom at 04:00 p.m. (1300GMT) in payment for the debt, " Semashko said as quoted by Interfax news agency.

"Now we have the absolute right to demand that Gazprom repay its debt for gas transit services worth 260 million dollars by 10 a.m. on June 24. Otherwise, we will have to cut short transit services," Semashko said.

According to the minister, the 260 million dollars is Gazprom's debt for transit services accumulated since November 2009.

However, Gazprom could not confirm that Belarus has paid its debt for gas until Russia received the money, Gazprom's spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told Interfax.

"We'll confirm settlement of the debt only after we get the money. The money is not on the account," he said.

Gazprom on Wednesday reduced gas supplies to Belarus by 60 percent of the planned volume, over a debt of 200 million U.S. dollars for gas Belarus consumed.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program