Tsigankov"The Belarusian government has already announced its readiness to tender shares of" Beltransgaz ". In early April, the Director of State Property Fund of the State Committee on Property of Natalia Zharnasek said that it goes on sale "part of the state's share." Half of the shares of Beltransgaz in 2010 is owned by "Gazprom". Would be useful, or, conversely, a dangerous situation for the Belarusian economy, when all the "Beltransgaz" in the hands of "Gazprom"? "
Manyanok"While this may be called a rhetorical question. I recall last fall, Alexander Lukashenko said — please buy a stake in the rest of "Beltransgaz", but under the condition that the gas price for Belarus will be the same as in Russia. It seems that today it is almost unbelievable.
However, the main goal for Belarus — get Russian gas prices. So far, I remind you, they are different more than twice. It is obvious that the Belarusian products become uncompetitive in the framework of the Customs Union. Minsk is very tough so will insist on the approximation of the price of gas, exposing it as a condition of sale of "Beltransgaz".
Tsigankov"Sometimes the investment value of some object, the property can vary significantly depending on the situation and circumstances. If Russia will build a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, "Nord Stream", then, by many experts, the value of "Beltransgaz" fall. Do you agree with this assessment? "
Manyanok"Yes, obviously. Already in May, as expected, the technical gas should go for a new gas pipeline. But it was postponed and seems to take place in the summer.
Indeed, if the "Nord Stream" will be built, will be the new corridor deliveries of Russian natural gas to Europe, the trump card, which had Belarus in bargaining for higher rates of transit, lose their power. "
Tsigankov"And if the" Gazprom "is the owner of" Beltransgaz ", who will make a profit for the transit?"
Manyanok"The Belarusian transport system will already be in the ownership of" Gazprom ", so profits will receive a Russian company, as it will operate the pipeline."
Tsigankov"To sum — your assessment and prediction: will the Belarusian side for the sale of" Beltransgaz "?"
Manyanok"We must understand that Russia rush to buy" Beltransgaz "will not. Knowing full well that if the project will be carried out "Nord Stream", the value of the Belarusian gas transportation system will be significantly reduced. Therefore, Russia will not be in a hurry. Need to rush to the Belarusian side to get some benefits and guarantees about the price of gas. "