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Russia, Belarus Postpone Gas Pipeline Deal


http://gdb.rferl.org/98DDA192-9BD3-4BE2-89F4-9A5E5E3C0654_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/98DDA192-9BD3-4BE2-89F4-9A5E5E3C0654_mw800_mh600.jpg Beltranshaz is theh country's gas pipeline monopoly (ITAR-TASS) May 18, 2007 -- Belarus and Russia have postponed the signature of a key gas transit deal due to continuing disagreements.


Under the deal, which was due to be signed today, Russian energy giant Gazprom will acquire a 50 percent stake in Belarus's gas pipeline monopoly, Beltranshaz.


Belarus's government spokesman Alyaksandr Tsimashenka said negotiations are continuing.


Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov downplayed the last-minute delay, saying the deal would be signed by June 1.


(AFP, BelaPAN)

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