During a meeting with representatives of the German Marshall Fund (USA), former Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Kasyanov called the cause of the termination of gas supplies to Belarus in February 2004.
The newspaper The Christian Science Monitor quoted policy: "The then President of Russia Vladimir Putin told me that Alexander Lukashenko it does not respect. That's the reason that blocked the gas to millions of consumers. "According to Kasyanov," in Minsk was minus 25, and Putin gave the order to cut off the supply of gas. "
During the first gas conflict between Russia and Belarus in February 2004 negotiations for the purchase of "Gazprom" of "Beltransgaz" deadlocked. "Gazprom" considered themselves free from the obligation to supply gas to Minsk on domestic prices.
Sign the contract on the condition of the commercial price of 50 dollars per thousand cubic meters Alexander Lukashenko refused, so the supply of gas to Belarus were terminated. The peak of the conflict was siphoning off gas Belarusian side, which was applied to European consumers. February 18, 2004 "Gazprom" for a few hours completely disconnected gas supplies to Europe via Belarus.