Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that negotiations on gas price with Belarus will be held in the beginning of next week.
According to him, about the discount. “The search for acceptable solutions. Discount is not a question,” — said Dvorkovich (quoted by “Interfax”).
On 20 September President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko criticized Russia for its unwillingness to reduce the price of gas.
“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”, — said the head of state. “We perceive this as pressure on Belarus, but the pressure I will not tolerate, and also the Belarusians,” — said Lukashenko.
September 11, Lukashenka said that Russia and Belarus are close to agreement about the price of gas. “Practically agreed, have created some documents,” he said then, adding that “the Russian side will probably offer some options.
In late 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 publication, the cost of gas for Belarus will be determined by the average price for a single 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.
Dvorkovich, however, denied reports about the arrangements for changing the price formula. “I can only say that everything that was written about something agreed, it’s all true. It is all false information not corresponding to reality,” — said Dvorkovich. He added that negotiations on this issue with Minsk continues.