Belarus happy with talks on common gas market, price for Russian gas


Belarus is happy with the results of the discussion of a common gas market with Russia and the price for energy over the next three years, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to the media after the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk on 19 December, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Putin mentioned that Russia supplies oil and gas to Belarus on “very favorable preferential terms”, which confirms the privileged nature of the partnership and is a measure to support the Belarusian economy.

“We have discussed the price parameters in the energy sector,” said the Russian leader. “We may consider that all the major issues, including the sensitive ones on pricing in the energy sector, have been agreed." According to him, cooperation in the peaceful atom is also systematically expanding. “Next year we plan to complete the construction of the second power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant,” the president said.

He confirmed that agreements on the price of energy carriers have been reached, but did not disclose any details: “I have already said. I can only confirm: the agreements have been reached.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko explained that the corresponding decisions on the matter were taken and would be formalized by the governments of the two countries in the near future. “I think, then there will be a reason for us to talk. We have fixed the price; it is beneficial for us. Russia is helping a lot in this regard.”

According to him, there are some new topics in gas supplies, but they have not been mentioned publicly, as well. “I can say only one thing: we are happy with the results of the discussion of a common gas market, the concept and the prices for the next three years,” the Belarusian president said.

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