Belarus warns of energy transit cut if Russian debt not paid

25th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday warned he would halt Russia's Europe-bound transit of gas and oil if Moscow does not cover a debt for transit in the next two days.

"I once again warn the government: Gazprom's failure to fully pay for services in the next days must lead to a halt of any services on the shipment of hydrocarbons -- both oil and gas -- for Russia," Lukashenko was quoted as saying by his office.

"You have the opportunity -- come to an agreement. But you have two days."

On Thursday, Gazprom paid Belarus 228 million dollars in gas transit fees, but Belarus insists the Russian gas firm owes it a total of 260 million dollars.

© 2010 AFP

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