Belarus confirms it has received Russian transit payment

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Belarussian gas pipeline operator Beltransgaz on Thursday confirmed it had received a transit payment from Russian gas giant Gazprom and said ties between the two sides were improving.

"Gazprom has paid. The money from Gazprom has arrived," Eduard Urban, an aide to Beltransgaz general director Vladimir Mayorov, told AFP.

"Ties are getting back on track," he added.

Gazprom said earlier it had paid Belarus 228 million dollars in transit fees.

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