GORKI, June 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a working meeting with CEO of Russia's natural gas monopoly Gazprom Alexei Miller has instructed him to limit gas supplies to Belarus staring from Monday morning and continue the negotiations at the same time.
Miller told the president that "Belarus admits its gas debt, but offers payment in machinery, equipment and various other products." Thus the negotiations, he stressed, have ended with no result.
The RF president proposed to continue the negotiations, "but, to all appearances, Gazprom will have to make certain decisions." "What Gazprom proposes to do in this connection?" Medvedev asked.
Miller stressed that "under the contract Gazprom is to introduce gas supply restrictions proportionally to the debt size."
The president asked: "When will it be done, probably shortly?" Miller replied that Gazprom would be taking these steps "this morning."
"So get down to the corresponding procedure then preserving interaction with the Belarusian partners and urging them to fulfil the contract in accordance with the rules that Gazprom has with other partners," Medvedev instructed the Gazprom CEO