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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DEBT-RIDDEN BELARUS: Russia cuts off electricity supply to Belarus over debt!

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Russia cuts off electricity supply to Belarus over debt - via Commons
Russia cuts off electricity supply to Belarus over debt - via Commons.

Russia cut off electricity supplies to Belarus at midnight Tuesday until Belarus fully repays its 1.2-billion ruble ($43 million) outstandings, Russia's electricity export monopoly Inter RAO said.
Russia had extended till Tuesday evening the deadline for Belarus to pay off its electricity debt for April and May, threatening to cut off supplies if it does not, but no payment was made.
"As of 10 p.m. Moscow time no payment for electricity was made... We confirm that from June 29, at 00:00 Moscow time we completely cut electricity supplies to Belarus. We are waiting for Belarus to make the next payment in the next few days," an Inter RAO official told RIA Novosti.
Inter RAO halved electricity supplies to Belarus June 9 as a warning and then threatened to cut off exports June 22 as Belarus's utility Belenergo continued to run up debts amid an economic crisis in the former Soviet republic.
Belenergo transferred 600 million rubles ($21.2 million) June 15 as debt payment for March.
Inter RAO said June 21 it had delayed cutting off power supplies until June 27 after negotiations, and later extended the deadline until midnight June 28-29.

During the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus declared independence on 25 August 1991 but, hasn't become fully independent of Russia, in terms of economic dependence.

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