June 20 (Reuters) – Belarus said it was sending a delegation to Moscow on Sunday for emergency talks with Russian gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) after the two failed to resolve a price row that has raised the spectre for European gas cuts. Russia has said it will cut 85 percent of gas supplies to transit country Belarus if its ex-Soviet neighbour fails to pay $192 million in debt to Gazprom, which Minsk denies it owns.
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“The delegation leaves tonight for talks on Monday…the issue of debt will be discussed,” Belarussian Deputy Energy Minister Eduard Tovpenets told Reuters.
A source in the Belarussian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said European gas deliveries could be affected. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky, writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman)