------All terms of Beltransgas purchase agreed – Gazprom CEO
All terms of the deal to purchase 50 percent of Beltransgaz were approved during a telephone conversation between Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko on Monday, July 4.
ITAR-TASS World Service, 4 July 2011
-------Russian gas giant complains that Belarus wants to tie pipeline sale to gas price
"Unfortunately, the Belarusian side continues to link the signing of documents on Beltranshaz to agreeing terms for the new contract on supplying gas to Belarus. In our opinion, this could lead only to drawing out the negotiation process and would not change anything in substance," a press release quotes Miller as saying following the conversation.
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union, 4 July 2011
-------Belarusian PM Mikhail Myasnikovich: there is no direct connection between gas prices for Belarus and Beltransgaz sale.
When asked whether the Belarusian government continued to condition the sale of Beltranshaz on a lower gas price for Belarus in 2012, Mr. Myasnikovich said that the two issues were discussed separately, but then hinted that the condition had not been dropped. "We imply this, but there is no direct connection here,"
BelaPAN, 12 July 2011
------Belarus is first sovereign country in Europe to be giving up its gas pipeline network, prime minister says
Belarus is the first sovereign country in the history of Europe to be handing over its gas pipeline network to a customs union partner, Mikhail Myasnikovich told reporters in Moscow on July 12 following his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. According to the Belarusian prime minister, he and Mr. Putin discussed a new contract for the supply of natural gas to Belarus and the sale of the Belarusian government's 50-percent stake in gas pipeline company Beltranshaz to Gazprom.
BelaPAN, 12 July 2011
-------Gas price adjustment possible when Gazprom, Naftogaz merge - Miller.
The question of adjusting the price of gas for Ukraine can be considered after a future merger of Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy, as follows from a Gazprom news release following today's working meeting between Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuri Boiko.
ITAR-TASS World Service, 5 July 2011
------No plans of merger of Ukraine’s Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom – Yanukovich.
“We have no plans of merger of Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy as such,” he told a news conference. “We plan that Gazprom and Naftogaz will take part in other joint projects. For instance, in the modernization of Ukraine’s gas transport system, in the development of certain sections, probably, in the production of oil and gas in various territories, including in Ukraine. But the merger as such is out of the plans and will never take place. I am sure.”
ITAR-TASS World Service, 8 July 2011