Russia/Belarus: Is another gas war brewing?

  • 2006-04-05
  • By Roman Kupchinsky
RFE/RL PRAGUE - Only a few weeks after being reelected, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko could now face a gas war with Russia. At a meeting with Belarusian officials on March 30, Aleksei Miller, CEO of Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom, announced that in 2007 Belarus would be charged European rates for Russian gas. That could mean the country paying up to five times as much 's something that would seriously affect the Belarusian economy, which is dependent on cheap natural gas. Could this be the start of a new gas war? Things looked much rosier in December 2005. Russia and Belarus si...
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