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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gazprom Slams Belarus

MINSK, Belarus -- Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom, irked by Belarus's growing debts for gas supplies, has said the ex-Soviet neighbor could not meet its obligations because of too much political interference in the economy.

"They [Belarus' government] are too politicized over there. Belarus has dragged all of us into some kind of politics, and now it will drown, taking its neighbors with it," Gazprom President Rem Vyakhirev said in an interview with the liberal Belorusskaya Gazeta weekly published Tuesday.