Gazprom's representative Sergei Kuprianov says it has received no money from Belarus for its gas supplies yet. A statement about the transfer of 187 million dollars in payment for Russian gas was made in Minsk on Wednesday by Belarus' First Premier Vladimir Semashko.
The above mentioned sum is 5 million less than required by Gazprom. In a separate claim Belarus wants Russia to pay 260 million dollars it says it owes it for gas transit into Europe. Semashko warned that the transit of Russian gas would be blocked if Russia fails to pay before June 24th. In its turn, Gazprom regards the "transit debt" as non-existent since it was announced by 'Beltransgaz' after it unilaterally increased the cost of Russian gas pumping into Europe.