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Minsk and Moscow seek last-minute gas deal

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Belarussian and Russian delegates are meeting in Moscow today in a last-minute attempt to settle a row over gas prices. It is feared the dispute could disrupt gas supplies to Europe. Around five percent of Europe’s gas travels through Belarus. Russia’s state-owned Gazprom wants to hike the price for Belarus from 46 to 105 dollars per thousand cubic metres. Minsk argues it should pay much lower prices because Belarus and Russia are part of a joint economic zone. A similar dispute between Russia and Ukraine last January disrupted transit supplies to Europe, highlighting the Old Continent’s energy dependency and vulnerability.