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Rally against Gazprom prices in Minsk in 2006 (Bymedia.net)
August 8, 2007 -- Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly, Gazprom, says Belarus has paid all of its $456 million debt for Russian gas deliveries in the first half of the year.
Gazprom threatened to limit gas deliveries to Belarus earlier this month if the bill went unpaid.
Belarus made a first $190 million payment on its debt for Russian natural gas on August 3.
Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Uladzimir Syamashka told journalists today that Belarus is now going to pay for Russian gas deliveries in full and in a timely manner. "It will be difficult for us. But the honor, dignity, and reputation of our country should be above all," he noted.
The dispute over the unpaid bill was watched closely by the West, as pipelines in Belarus serve as a key transit route for Russian oil and gas shipments to Europe.