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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gazprom Warns Minsk

MOSCOW () -- Russia's natural gas monopoly Gazprom, fed up again with Belarus' late payment for supplies, said Friday it had warned the country flows could be reduced if not paid for.

But spokesman Vladimir Zhukov said it was technically impossible for Gazprom to cut fully all supplies. Some Russian gas supplies travel through Belarus to Poland.

"Technically, we're not in a position to stop all supplies, but some limits are possible," Zhukov said. "But for now, we are simply warning them."

Interfax had said earlier Friday that Gazprom could cut daily supplies by 50 percent from Saturday over Beltransgaz's debts of $221 million. It said the former Soviet republic bordering Russia had paid only 53 percent of what it owed Gazprom for supplies this year.

Belarus asked Moscow in May to reschedule what was then $250 million in gas debts to Gazprom to 2010. Moscow has in the past written off Belarussian gas debts in exchange for maintenance of Russian military sites and free transit of Russian gas to Poland.