Belarus has issued a new threat to halt Russia's oil and gas deliveries to Europe unless its pays a disputed debt, but Russian leaders ignored the warning and said they consider the energy dispute with the ex-Soviet neighbour closed.
Belarusian officials told President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday that officials from Russian state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom were arriving on Monday for talks, and that a deal could be signed on Wednesday. The statement indicated that Belarus might quietly be backing off.
On Thursday Gazprom resumed supplies to Europe via Belarus, following three days of partial cut-offs after Belarus paid down its debt for gas supplies. Russia in its turn made transit fee payments to Belarus.