“We are fiddling with for several months can not agree on the price of gas. In this regard, Russia has reduced oil supplies to Belarus. We perceive this as pressure on Belarus, but the pressure I will not tolerate, too, and Belarusians,” — said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday at a meeting with state Secretary of the Union state of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota, RIA “Novosti”.
Restrictive Moscow for its unwillingness to meet in negotiations to lower gas prices, Lukashenko also reminded about other issues. According to him, the goods from Belarus for deliveries to Russia are blocked, especially food products, which the EU buys, and ready to buy, but in Russia they are somehow defective”.
“Obviously, when we supply goods of high quality at reasonable prices in Russia, we are hitting the pockets of the oligarchs from agriculture in Russia. They put pressure on the government… and the government gives the command “FAS” all sorts of officials from the Rosselkhoznadzor and so on… Already tired, already over the edge. Further so can’t proceed”, — quotes Lukashenko the Agency.
Earlier, on 11 September, Lukashenka said Russia and Belarus failed to agree on the price of gas. “Practically agreed, created a document,” he said, clarifying that “the Russian side will probably offer some options. As reported, the Belarusian President, the draft document are in the government of Russia. “I think soon we will resolve this issue”, — said Lukashenko.
Belarus wants Russia discount on gas and considers a fair price of $73 per 1 thousand cubic meters, Minsk reduced payments for Russian gas, and Moscow, in turn, reduced the volume of supports. At the same time negotiations took place, and at the end of August, “Kommersant” wrote that at the level of ministries and Deputy Prime Ministers failed to agree on a new pricing scheme for Russian gas. Under this scheme, according to the newspaper, the cost of gas for Belarus will be determined at the average price of the unified gas supply system of Russia multiplied by the multiplying factor that gives a price reduction to $100 per 1 thousand cubic meters from the current $132.
Later, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has denied reports about agreement on changing the price formula.