Belarus ready to increase Russian gas transit to EU if necessary
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday that his country was ready to increase the volume of Russian gas transiting through Belarus to Europe, if needed, Sputnik reported.
Earlier in the day, Lukashenko and Miller formally announced the construction of the multifunctional Gazprom Center in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.
Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus was not an "alien territory" for the Russian energy company.
Last month, Ukraine, via which Europe receives over 40 percent of its gas from Russia, ceased all purchases of gas from Gazprom because Kiev and Moscow were unable to reach an agreement on gas deliveries for the third quarter of 2015.
Moscow has repeatedly voiced concerns over Ukraine's reliability as a transit country.