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Gazprom Warns Europe Of Possible Supply Disruptions

Aleksei Miller (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) December 27, 2006 -- The head of Russia's state-run gas monopoly Gazprom, Aleksei Miller, today warned European customers that they could face gas-delivery problems because of the company's pricing dispute with Belarus.

Gazprom has threatened to suspend gas supplies to Belarus on January 1 if Minsk refuses to pay the new rate of $105 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas -- more than twice what it currently pays.

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The company says Belarus could negotiate a reduction if it hands over a 50-percent share of its state-controlled gas-transport network.

Belarus has responded by saying it will not allow Gazprom to send gas through its pipelines unless a deal on 2007 gas prices is reached by the New Year. It has also threatened to siphon off Russian gas bound to Europe in the event of a gas shutoff.

Miller today accused Belarus of adopting a "destructive position." He said that Gazprom was not "Santa Claus" and that Belarus should not expect any gifts on New Year's Eve.

The dispute comes exactly one year after a similar row with Ukraine briefly disrupted Russian gas deliveries to several European countries.

(compiled from agency reports)

How Much Do The Neighbors Pay?

How Much Do The Neighbors Pay?

SETTING THE RATES: With Gazprom negotiating new contracts, many states will be paying more for Russian natural gas in 2007.

  • Belarus, following tense negotiations with Gazprom, will pay $100 per 1,000 cubic meters in -- up from $47 in 2006. Ukraine, which depends on Russia to supply it with about 77 percent of its gas, will pay $130 per 1,000 cubic meters of a Turkmen-Russian gas mix. Moldova, which depends on Russia for 100 percent of its gas, will pay $170 per 1,000 cubic meters, with the price rising to European-level market price by 2011. Georgia has agreed to pay Gazprom $235 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas.


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