Dvorkovich: talks with Belarus proving difficult

27 February 2017

Deputy Prime Minister comments on oil and gas dispute between two countries.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi that talks between Moscow and Minsk on the oil and gas dispute were proving “difficult” and that disagreements currently remained between the positions of the two sides, the Prime news agency reported from Sochi.

In response to a journalist’s question about the progress of talks between Russia and Belarus on the oil and gas dispute, Dvorkovich described it as “difficult”.

When asked whether there was a deadline by which Minsk would have to settle its gas debts to Moscow, the Deputy Prime Minster said: “We believe that they should have done this a long time ago and not allowed them to accumulate.”

“Negotiations are ongoing, and we are awaiting their response”, Dvorkovich added.

To a question about whether the protocol had been reviewed by the two governments, he commented “disagreements remain.”

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