EU Recorded Reduction of Gas Delivery through Belarus

23.06.2010 14:10

The chairman of European Parliament Jerzy Buzek informed that deliveries of the Russian gas to Europe reduced after the decision of the president of Belarus to block gas transit. Thus head of the European Parliament noticed that the European Union wouldn't interfere in the gas conflict of Moscow and Minsk. He expressed his hope that the dispute would be solved soon.

Jerzy Buzek reminded that similar situations had already repeatedly happened not only with Belarus, but also with Ukraine, and the EU sent the observers to that countries, «and it was undoubtedly useful, because they could examine the event independently», BelaPAN informs.

«We don’t interfere in the relations between two countries. It is business of Russia and Belarus or Russia and Ukraine. EU, of course, won’t take direct part in the permission of this conflict», the chairman of European Parliament said.

At the same time Sergey Shmatko, the Minister of Energy of Russia, said at the meeting with Jerzy Buzek in the evening on June, 22nd that he had no information on reduction of Russian gas delivery to consumers in Europe, the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty informs.

As Telegraf informed, the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko disposed to block transit of the Russian gas to Europe in the afternoon on June, 22nd in response to Gazprom’s decision to reduce gas delivery to Belarus by 30 %.

The Belarusian leader explained that the debt of Minsk for the gas delivered in April was on 70 million dollars is less than the Gazprom debts for transit. He proposed Russia to repay the debt first and then Belarus would transfer to Russia the debts for gas delivery.