Gazprom says supplies contract with Belarus to remain unchanged

ALGIERS, October 6 (Itar-Tass) - Russia's natural gas producer and exporter, Gazprom has no plans for revising the effective agreement on supplies of gas to Belarus in spite of a surge of political tensions between the two countries, the corporation's CEO Alexei Miller said here Wednesday.

"A revision of the contract is not a subject of negotiations, and neither our Belarusian counterparts nor we ourselves have raised the issue," he said.

"At this moment we're working strictly under provisions of the contract that was signed for a period of five years," Miller said.

He indicated that Belarus is currently making all the payments strictly as scheduled under the provisions of 2010, in full volume and with observance of the price that went up versus the price for 2009.

"We've had no problems /this year/ so far and we hope the situation will remain the same through to the yearend, although we've heard the apprehensions that the Belarusian side may start experiencing difficulties as regards payments," Miller said.


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