Belarus viewed statement by Russian energy minister on gas talks as unconstructive
nsnbc : Belarusian Prime Minister Vladislav Sychevich told the press that Belarus views the statement by Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak regarding the gas talks as unconstructive.
Prime Minister Vladislav Sychevich noted that on Thursday “the media reported on a statement by Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak regarding the results of the talks between the prime ministers of Belarus and Russia. In particular, Mr Novak said that Minsk’s position on the gas issue was not constructive enough. In this light, we view the statement by the minister as unconstructive, as it does not reflect what was actually discussed during the meeting. His remarks are more like propaganda rather than a statement of facts”.
He added that the Belarusian side repeatedly expressed its interest in a prompt resolution of the issue. “The Belarusian side insists on either a full implementation of the intergovernmental agreement on gas pricing signed in November 2011 and relevant norms and regulations, or an agreement by the sides on mutual adjustments to the mentioned document,” Vladislav Sychevich added.
“As for the statement by Energy Minister Alexander Novak that Belarus is not ready to repay the so-called debt for gas to Russia, the Belarusian side does not consider this as a debt,” Vladislav Sychevich stressed. During yesterday’s meeting, the parties agreed to continue the talks in a constructive manner to achieve a mutually acceptable result, Vladislav Sychevich added.
F/AK – nsnbc 01.04.2017