MOSCOW, January 21 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia hopes the gas contracts with Belarus for 2011 will be observed, but it is prepared to offer state support, Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
"The Russian side has worded its position once again: the gas will be supplied under the current agreement," Putin said. "We are ready to start negotiations on the terms of supplies in 2012 and later."
"Should it be necessary, we may think about state support to make these supplies acceptable for Belarus," he said.
Putin believes that relations with Belarus in fuel and energy cooperation will be solved constructively.
"We have on-going dialogue and consultations," he said. "We believe that all questions arising in this sphere will be solved constructively and from the point of view of our counties' companies."