Belarus' position on Russian gas transit leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
A statement to that effect was made by the EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger after a telephone conversation with Belarus' Vice-Premier Vladimir Semashko.
Mr. Oettinger indicated that for now Russia's gas supplies into Europe via Belarus continue as before, which means President Lukashenko's order to have Russian gas siphoned for the country's needs has yet to come into effect.
After it paid for the May deliveries at a contract price of 184 dollars per one thousand cubic meters on Wednesday, Belarus' "Beltransgas" still has a 192-million dollar debt to Gazprom.
The delay has caused Gazprom to cut gas supplies to Belarus by a further 30 percentage points.