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Russia cut off electricity supplies to Belarus at midnight on Wednesday until Belarus fully repays its 1.2-billion ruble ($43 million) debt, Russia's electricity export monopoly Inter RAO said.
Belarus meets about 10 percent of its electricity needs through Inter RAO supplies.
New cold war in Europe as Russia turns off gas supplies
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Gazprom stopped pumping gas to Ukraine for domestic consumption on 1 January after the two countries failed to agree on a fixed price for 2009. The pipelines that cross Ukraine also carry gas to Europe but that continued to flow, until Moscow accused Ukraine of siphoning off Europe's fuel and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin retaliated by ordering Gazprom to cut EU-bound exports by the amount being stolen.
Russia turns gas supplies to Europe back on after signing 10-year deal with Ukraine
Last updated at 8:32 AM on 20th January 2009
Russia started resuming gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine this morning, nearly two weeks after a Moscow-Kiev contract row cut flows to European countries in mid-winter.
The order to start pumping gas again followed the signing of a 10-year gas contract between Moscow and Kiev and late night talks between Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Russia's Gazprom gas export monopoly.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said on June 28 that the Belarus electricity supply cuts were not politically motivated and simply reflected the interaction between two companies on a corporate level.
Minsk paid off its 600 million ruble ($21.16 million) debt to Russia's electricity export company Inter RAO on Wednesday and the company will resume electricity supplies to Belarus at midnight, a company spokesman said.