Belarusian government working on pessimistic budget

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The Belarusian government is
working on a pessimistic budget for 2009 based on a price of $200 for 1000 cu
meters of Russian gas, reports the news site

“Заўтра тваёй краіны”.

The order to prepare the "pessimistic" version came after
Uladzimir Mayoraw, director general of Belarus'
gas pipeline operator Beltranshaz, returned from Moscow following talks with Gazprom.

The cabinet is expected to
consider the pessimistic budget in early August.

Earlier, the government made
budget estimates based on a price of $140 for 1000 cu meters. But Russian
Amabassador Aleksandr Surikov indicated that the price might rise over $200
next year.