Belarus wants to restructure its debt for gas and is ready to pay a penalty

If the Russian delegation at the outset is headed by Chairman of the Board of "Gazprom" Valery Golubev, the last day with the Belarusian Energy Minister Alexander headed Ozerets. Specifically, out of his mouth sounded proposal to pay fines.
By this occasion Managing analytical center Mises Yaroslav Romanchuk pays attention to the fact that the Belarusian government had six months to adapt the economy to new prices for Russian gas. But, in his opinion, the government did not do:
"First is to mind the lack of professionalism from the government. That no action was manufactured, indicates that Prime Sidorsky which sovereign Lukashenko publicly gave the desired features did nothing. He failed to oppose those lobbyists who sought not to cut subsidies from the budget.
And what the government says about the willingness to pay a penalty, it’s even more losses that will be borne by taxpayers, due to the lack of strategic actions of our government. "
Ozerets Minister also proposed to "Gazprom" for the acquired debt restructuring in This year Belarus gas.
Yaroslav Romanchuk says that in practice it may look like this:
"For example, they say that we as before will not pay 100 bucks for a thousand cubic meters of gas, but only 50 of the fifth and the difference will issue debt securities as the Ministry of money. And quenches their will, for example, at 20% per year over 5 years.
Here schemes can be very a lot. Just have a desire to expand payments for 5 years to adapt to these conditions of labor. But the question is how to use in Belarus this time: With the brain, or in the last six months, when all eaten and did nothing? "
On July 25th in Minsk is scheduled EGM "Beltransgaz". It be approved the candidacy of a new CEO.
July 23, Alexander Lukashenko, has officially agreed to the purpose of this post by Vladimir Mayorov — Deputy Chairman of the Gomel regional executive committee.
Belarus debt to "Gazprom" also achieved almost 500 million dollars. She has appeared due to the fact that in the first half of the year for a thousand cubic meters of gas every Belarusian side is translated into account "Gazprom" is not 100 bucks (price per thousand cubic meters), but only 50 of the fifth Russian concern agreed to a settlement form, but warned that the debt must be eliminated no later than July 23.
Belarus is ready to pay a penalty for delay of payment for gas, 24.07.2007

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