25 Jun 2010 20:34

Medvedev urges Belarus to meet gas commitments

MOSCOW. June 25 (Interfax) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Belarus to be "more circumspect" in its natural gas dealings with Russia and to meet its commitments under gas contracts with Russia "more meticulously."

"It's good that the conflict has been settled," Medvedev, who is in Canada, said during a video conference with Moscow in reference to a gas price row between the two countries.

"The Belarusian side has done its payments. That is good. Though, for the sake of justice, it must be admitted that they should have done it earlier instead of causing problems, accumulating debts and ultimately creating such conflict situations," he said.

"I hope that they will be more circumspect and meet their contractual commitments more meticulously," Medvedev said.

The chief executive of Russia's Gazprom , Alexei Miller, took part in the conference.