Moscow and Minsk have failed to agree on gas price, Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kurpiyanov said on Monday. He said the negotiations are at a dead-end and Russia may cut gas supplies by 85 percent. Kupryanov also said that Gazprom may use Ukraine's transit system to supply gas to Europe if Belarus pumps gas illegally.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin later said that Russia will not cut gas supplies to Belarus more than by 15 percent, due to a special attitude to Belarus consumers. This gives the country a chance to timely respond and pay its debt.
Addressing a governmental session, Vladimir Putin also noted that Russia may supply gas to Europe through Ukraine. Russia annually pumps 105 bn cubic meters via Ukraine and may increase this quantity up to 120 or 130 bn, Putin said. Still, he hopes Russia will not have to resort to this measure.