Russia resumes gas deliveries after Belarus payment - Update

Vienna/Moscow - Russian energy giant Gazprom confirmed Thursday that Belarus had paid its gas bill and said that gas supplies to Belarus would resume in full, local news agencies reported.

Gazprom chief Alexei Miller, in a statement reported by Interfax, said that Belarus had paid the Gazprom bill of 187 million dollars.

Neither Belarusian nor Russian officials explained the discrepancy between the amount paid and the bill originally claimed by Russia - 192 million dollars.

The development leaves unresolved the issue of Belarusian counter- claims for transit fees totalling 260 million dollars.

Belarus had threatened Gazprom with cutting off the throughput of gas to the West if Russia did not pay for transit fees by 10 am local time Thursday.

The warning was issued Wednesday by Belarusian First Deputy Premier Vladimir Semashko, who had said that "if payment is not received from Gazprom, we will be forced to stop the transit of hydrocarbons across Belarusian territory.


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