Russia scares duties on gas

According to the newspaper "Vedomosti", Russia decided to err on the case, if Belarus did not fulfill the agreements on the Customs Union with Russia and Kazakhstan.

According to an unnamed officer of the Russian government, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin proposed to introduce a 30% customs rate on gas exports to Belarus (now the rate is zero).

According to the newspaper, this tax rate is already included in the documents of the Ministry of Finance of Russia. Russians hope that the introduction of this rate could bring them to the state treasury 40 billion rubles ($ 1.3 billion) During 2011-2013. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin, told the newspaper that the duty on gas can be introduced if Belarus refuses to execute an agreement Customs Union.

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