Peskov called “working conversation” dispute of Lukashenka and Putin
Discussion of Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko about the validity of the price of Russian gas was a work conversation, said the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.
“As of yesterday, the Eurasian economic community, it was very productive and very useful work event, where he conducted a working conversation. Business talk does not always imply consensus. There were different points of view were expressed disagreement on a number of issues, and it says that it is a living mechanism that affects the interests of all participating countries”, — said Peskov (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
“But that the work will be very intense, no doubt,” — said the representative of the Kremlin.
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At the Thursday meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Council in St. Petersburg with the participation of heads of the EAEU, Lukashenka expressed dissatisfaction with the price at which Russia releases the gas to Belarus. Lukashenko stressed that the rate of “Gazprom” for gas transportation from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous district for Belarus is three times higher than for Russian consumers. As a result of Russian gas for Belarus costs about $130 per 1,000 cubic meters and the wholesale price to border with Belarus, Smolensk region is almost twice lower — $70.
Putin urged Lukashenko to pay attention not to the tariff, and the final price of fuel. He reminded that this year Belarus pays for 1,000 cubic meters to $129, and no preferences in the framework of the EAEU, the price would be about $200. Lukashenko has insisted that Russia offered market conditions for Belarus are worse than for Germany. The Belarusian President continued to discuss with Putin even after his proposal to discuss the question on the closed part of the meeting.
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Following the event, Lukashenko said that he had apologized to Putin for vigorous debate. “In bad shape [made], so then I had to apologize to the host of today’s meeting. It was very rough explanation, but you better hear this,” he said.