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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Silajdzic Wins Deal on Fuel

Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin told his visiting Bosnian counterpart Haris Silajdzic on Monday that Russia is ready to resume natural gas deliveries to Sarajevo, officials said.

Silajdzic said the step will mark "Russia's substantial contribution to the normalization of life'' in Bosnia and its capital of Sarajevo, Interfax reported.

He said Russia will send an official letter to the international contact group on Bosnia on Tuesday, stating its readiness to resume gas supplies.

The United Nations' sanctions committee cut off gas supplies from Russia last summer after Bosnian Serbs, who frequently cut gas to Sarajevo by closing valves to their territory, refused to allow UN monitors along the pipeline.

Concerned about energy supplies for the coming winter, the Bosnian government last week asked the committee to restore the gas supply.

Russia has sent natural gas to the region without payment since the war began 3 1/2 years ago, and is owed as much as $104 million in gas debts.