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Lukashenko skeptical of EU's threats to ban gas transit through Belarus

Russia intends to transfer the loan's 2nd tranche as large as $500 million to Belarus in June

Lukashenko skeptical of EU's threats to ban gas transit through Belarus

Minsk, June 2 - Neftegaz.RU. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko was asked by journalists to comment on the EU's threats to ban the transit of Russian gas through Belarus, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Krivosheyev, a political columnist at the Belarusian TV and Radio Company, said that:
  • These proposals are currently being discussed in the European Union
  • In this way they want to make Russia to reconsider her interest in the «Ukrainian pipe»
  • Such unfriendly steps of the West, the sanctions policy in general look more and more like a hostile takeover of sectors of the Belarusian economy
Aleksandr Lukashenko said:
  • You have used the term «a hostile takeover»
  • I absolutely agree with this
  • It is true that these are attempts of a hostile takeover
  • But they will fail
The European Union will not shoot itself in the foot by banning transit of Russian gas through Belarus, the president believes.
Lukashenko pointed out:
  • This will come at too high a price for them
  • In such a situation, they will be dealing not only with Belarus, but primarily with Russia
The contracts between Gazprom and Gazprom Transgaz Belarus for gas supplies to and gas transportation across Belarus are effective until the end of 2021.
Belarus purchases gas from Russia this year at the price of $128.5 per 1,000 m3.

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