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Belarus received financial aid to settle its debt to Gazprom from Azerbaijan, Belarussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during an interview on Euronews, RIA-Novosti reports.
"I approached [Azerbaijan President] Ilkham Aliyev and within 24 hours, even less, he lent me $200 million, of which we used $187 million to pay Gazprom", Lukashenko said.
Since June 21, Gazprom has been limiting supplies of gas to Belarus over a debt Minsk owes the Russian monopoly.
In the course of two days, the cuts affected 60 percent of supplies. Gazprom executives stated that Minsk owed about $190 million since it paid less than stipulated in its contracts. Belarus requested two weeks to make the payment, but Gazprom demanded immediate payment.
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What happened to the other $13 million? And do they have any spare going?