MOSCOW June 21 (Reuters) - Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote) said on Monday its debt to Belarus for gas transit was similar to Minsk's debt for gas supplies but blamed Belarus for having created the problem of non-payments.
Gazprom's spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told reporters the debt for gas transit arose after Minsk effectively blocked payments by Gazprom. He also said Gazprom would charge Belarus $260-$270 million for gas in June.
Russia cut gas supplies to Belarus by 15 percent on Monday, pressing its neighbour to pay debts and raising fears of disruptions in deliveries to Europe. [ID:nLDE65K031]
(Reporting by Anastasia Lyrchikova; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Anthony Barker)