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MINSK, June 8. /TASS/. Belarus should pay for the Russian gas which is supplied under the current contracts, the talks on terms of delivery of Russian gas continue, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters.
"They touched upon this issue and instructed to continue bilateral contacts, consultations, and negotiations. In fact, the arguments of the two sides of the same, but they need to look for a compromise. First, it is necessary to ensure that payments are made under the current contract. This is a subject for discussions and consultations from their side. That means that to date the negotiations are not over," he said.
When asked about the reduction of supplies by the amount of prepayment Novak said that "such initiatives were not put forward or discussed."
The minister stressed that the current contract with Belarus is valid and everything is being done under this contract.
"All the needs are met in compliance with the contract between Gazprom and Belarus. We are in the process of negotiations, and I hope that we will make progress. It is important to implement the existing contract. As for other issues - that is the mater of negotiations," he said.
Belarus and Russia have not yet reached specific decisions on the gas issue and the parties will continue their dialog, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov said on Wednesday.
"We have not made specific decisions but areas to continue the dialog are in place," he said. "We discussed this issue and will continue discussing it," Kobyakov added.
Negotiations on the natural gas price for Belarus will continue.
"The decision was made to continue talks," press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
This topic was discussed during today’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, Peskov said.
Russia and Belarus has a dispute over the gas price and both parties refer to contractual commitments, he added. Leaders of both countries instructed discipline ministers to settle these disputes at their level, Peskov said.