Kobyakov: Belarus is not looking for minimum prices for Russian gas

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Attachability in fotoreceptor of the government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov during a meeting. 16 Jun 2017Kobyakov: Belarus is not looking for minimum prices for Russian gas© RIA Novosti / Dmitry attachability to the photobank

Belarus is not looking for preferences and minimum prices for Russian gas, but wants a price commensurate with those that have with its partners in the Eurasian economic Union, said Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov.

«We do not seek any preferential treatment and minimum prices for gas. We want… when will the single gas market (in the framework of the EEC — ed.) that the price for Belarus for gas was comparable to the low price of gas to our partners,» said Kobyakov said after talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the session of the Council of Ministers of the Union state.

«We’re definitely not against it. Let us work in this direction and to do it faster than we solved some other problems so they don’t accumulate,» — said Medvedev.

Minsk has long insisted on linking the prices at which it supplies fuel to Gazprom, domestic. In particular, Vice-Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko in February said that it is ready and a road map that will allow Belarus by July 1, 2019 to receive gas at a price that is «comparable to the price of gas in Russia», and by January 1, 2025 — price of domestic.

Not so long ago, in April, ended oil and gas dispute between Russia and Belarus, which lasted from 2016: the parties have signed the documents, had settled a controversy in this area. The documents were signed immediately after the statement «Gazprom» about the receipt of a debt of Belarus for delivered in 2016-2017 gas in full volume — 726,2 million dollars.

The parties agreed to step-down coefficients to the current formula prices for gas for Belarus in 2018-2019 and restoration of oil supplies from Russia to Belarus up to a level of 24 million tons annually. As for 2017, as confirmed by Gazprom, the Russian gas price for Belarus remains at 132 dollars per thousand cubic meters.

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