Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant has said the company has cut gas supplies to Belarus by 30 per cent
Russia has made deeper cuts of natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbour Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly 200 million US dollars (?135 million).
Chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, Alexei Miller, said the company has cut supplies to Belarus by 30% starting on Tuesday.
Gazprom initially reduced supplies by 15% on Monday. It warned Belarus it would eventually cut the deliveries by 85% if Belarus refuses to pay off its debt.
Belarus's Energy Ministry, in a letter to the European Commission late on Monday, warned that cuts of more than 15% could lead to transit shortages.
Gazprom has promised that European customers will not be affected by the Belarusian shut-off.