According to diplomats, the cost of Russian gas Belarus in 2009 could reach $ 200 for a thousand cubic meters or "just above this number by looking at how the situation develops."
At the moment, gas Belarus worth 128 bucks for a thousand cubic meters.
The draft budget for 2009 the government laid the gas price of $ 140 bucks.
By Surikov, Belarusian side would be willing to renegotiate the contract signed at the end of 2006. "I do not exclude that such discussions will start," — he said.
Those defined by the contract formula gas prices Belarus until 2011 when it is expected a full transition to the European pricing system.
"By 2011, the cost of gas can be $ 400 or more" — admitted Surikov.