A preliminary agreement on the settlement of the gas dispute at the beginning of the week was the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and first Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky. According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, Minsk agreed in the near future to repay the debt for gas, which is estimated at $270 million Moscow in response to resume oil supplies to Belarus in the same volume.
In addition, the parties may modify the intergovernmental agreement in 2011, which, in the opinion of the Belarusian side, leading to inflated gas prices. Minsk wants in the calculation formula of gas prices to reduce the cost of transport, as well as the exclusion of consumption of “Gazprom” to sell gas and its storage in underground storage facilities.
The parties also agreed that the reverse deliveries of Belarusian oil products in Russia should be carried out regardless of whether, it is advantageous if such delivery at the moment Belarus or not.
How the newspaper notes that Russia may consider a proposal to change the formula of gas prices, if Minsk will meet in the issue for a long time and unsuccessfully discussed joint ventures — MAZ and KAMAZ, “Grodno Azot and EuroChem.
According to the newspaper, the final agreement between Moscow and Minsk can be reached in the near future. Officially, both sides data on certain arrangements not confirmed.
Vitaly Kryukov of the Small Letters the newspaper said that Belarus is always reluctant to discuss joint ventures with Russian companies and evaluate their assets much higher than the Russian side.