Lukashenko speaks on expensive Russian gas. In this agree with him and the Belarusian opposition. Indeed, today, amid the huge fall in prices Belarus pays two to three times more than German buyer of raw materials on the spot market. Moreover, if the contact was signed 10 years ago, contracts have to pay even more.
Why? Yes, because if in the world the formula of the gas price is tied to demand and oil prices, Belarus – the price for the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous district of Russia. While the price was low – the contract was profitable. But today, the ordinary consumer YANAO pays more for gas than the average citizen of Ukraine – “Gazprom” is not engaged in charity and tries to make money where possible.
Price YANAO – base for Belarus. And then – the cost of pumping, observed by a formula and fixed-price services, underground storage facilities, and even just prize “Gazprom” for $1 for every 1000 m3. But that’s not all – there’s minimal profit in Beltransgaz is 100% owned by “Gazprom” – $15,95 per 1000 m3. It’s just the profit, because the money for shipping to consumers (at the level of the region) are calculated separately.
Therefore, today Belarus according to the signed contract, can’t get gas for less than $70-80 per 1,000 m3, even if the price in the region will be zero.
Can not and to buy from other traders is an international Treaty provided for the “Beltrasgaz” the role of monopoly in Russian gas supplies. The same document makes it impossible to reverse any alternative without participation “Gazprom” it will be a violation.
In a word, this time the Belarusian authorities with the contract mess. The document is terrible and pose a threat to national security.
There is a way out of the situation. There are several of them, including tactical steps and the question in fact. Russia also erred in stating that disputes are resolved in the Stockholm arbitration. This means that the experience of Kiev in Minsk it is necessary to study – “Stockholm” way to go.