Gazprom offered Belarusâ€™ national Beltransgaz to buy Russian gas at European prices starting in 2007, Gazpromâ€™s press service reported quoting a statement made by Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller at his meeting with Belarusian Energy Minister Alexander Ageyev and Beltransgaz General Director Dmitry Kazakov. â€œIn 2007 Belarus shall pay for Russian gas supplies at European level prices,â€ Gazprom said. Belarus is expected to respond to Gazpromâ€™s offer by April 30.
On December 27, 2005, Gazprom and Beltransgaz signed a contract for natural gas supplies and transportation in 2006. Gazprom shall supply 21 billion cubic meters of gas to Belarus at $46.68 per 1,000 thousand cubic meters this year, of which the delivery of 1.5 billion is made conditional on a technical possibility. Prices for gas supplies and transportation tariffs remained the same as in the 2005 contract.
Gazprom is in talks with Belarus to set up a joint gas venture on the basis of Beltransgaz, with equal stakes. Belarus insists on selling the 50 percent stake in Beltransgaz to Gazprom at a market value.
Gazprom is the owner of Belarusâ€™ part of the trunk pipeline from the Yamal Peninsula to Europe, pumping over 50 percent of Russian gas exported through Belarus.