No gas price reduction for Belarus

No gas price reduction for Belarus
Russia has rebuffed attempts by Belarus to secure lower prices for Russian gas imports, according to leading Russian newspaper Kommersant. Gazprom would accept a lower price in return for concessions on pipeline ownership though.

Correspondent Andrei Kolesnikov writes that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko flew home empty-handed on Friday, after failing to achieve a price reduction at his meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Belarus pays $47 per 1,000 cubic metres. Gazprom is seeking a price of $200, but Kommersant says it would accept a lower price in return for concessions on pipeline ownership.

Gazprom ships gas to Germany and Poland across Belarus.