Report of Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko

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The final agreement with the Russian side on supplies of energy resources must be secured within two days. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko set the goal as he met with Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I read your report on negotiations in Moscow without delay. I would like you to tell me in more detail how we are going to proceed from now on. Because having to deal with these problems every year saddens me. The end of the year is near while we are only starting to deal with the problem of providing the country with something it cannot live without — energy resources.”

The President also reminded about his instructions to have a backup plan. “We always need an alternative option however hard things can be, including for natural gas (that is certainly more difficult) and for oil,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The head of state noted that during the meeting at the forthcoming summit in Bishkek it may be necessary to discuss some matters concerning Belarusian-Russian relations as a whole.

According to Vladimir Semashko, the government has come up with several pricing schemes based on the intergovernmental agreements we signed in the previous periods. There are three possible variants.

The head of state instructed to discuss these variants with the Russian side and choose the most optimal one. An instruction was given to get ready for the signing of a corresponding protocol by 14 September.