Liquefied petroleum gas prices for households rise
Economy Ministry of Belarus raised the price of liquefied gas sold to the population in bottles by 23%. Moreover, as of 1 August the retail prices of liquefied petroleum gas sold at petrol stations will increase by 24%.
This is the second time the gas price is being increased this year: in April it was increased by 35%.
The government started raising gas prices, which is inevitable, given increased purchase price of gas and the devaluation. The first ones to face the increased price for gas were vacationers, residents of villages (who use liquefied petroleum gas) and motorists. The following price increase will affect the rest of the population, as before the heating season starts the authorities need to raise gas, electricity and heating prices.
Last week, Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei participated in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group initiative hosted by Warsaw. The Belarusian FM emphasized Belarus' interest in cooperation in the transport sector, which could be due to Belarus’ desire to export electricity surplus after Belarus finished construction of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Minsk expressed concerns about Warsaw’s stance on the Belarusian NPP, as it refused to buy electricity from Belarus and supported Vilnius’ protest on this issue. Following accusations by the Belarusian leadership and the state media against western states, including Poland, of training "nationalist militants", Minsk did not agree on the visit of the European Parliament deputies from Lithuania and Germany to Belarus and to the NPP construction site near Ostrovets in particular. In addition, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to enforce education in Russian in Polish-language schools in Grodno and Vaukavysk. Should a rift in Belarusian-Polish relations persist, the Belarusian authorities are likely to step up the pressure on the Polish-speaking minority in Belarus.