Russia Threatens to Reduce Electricity Supplies to Belarus

08.06.2011 11:42

Russian electricity exporter Inter RAO has threatened Belarusian authorities to reduce volume of supplied electricity by 200 megawatts at 00:00 Moscow time on June 9 in case of nonpayment of debts for electricity supplied in March-April 2011. "If the Belarusian colleagues cover the debt today, there will be no cut of supply," said a source at the company.

According to the source, Belarus owes Inter RAO approximately RUB1.5 billion. «We expect payments for electricity, delivered in March and April, to come soon from the Belarusian side,» said company spokesman Anton Nazarov, RIA «Novosti.»

As Telegraf reports, the experts of one of the CIS largest energy market operators, Inter RAO UES, have predicted Belenergo nonpayment of electricity supplies, caused by the devaluation of the Belarusian ruble, since early year. This was stated in the report for the first quarter of 2011.