(Updates with Belarus’ statement)
MOSCOW, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Russia and Belarus said on Thursday they had signed a deal on gas prices for 2021, easing tensions between the two former Soviet countries.
Russian gas giant Gazprom said its chief executive Alexei Miller and Belarussian officials had signed a protocol on how to calculate natural gas prices for 2021 supplies.
Belarus’s energy ministry said the agreed prices were broadly on a par with the levels in 2020, but still below prices calculated by a formula agreed in 2011.
The price this year was $127 per 1,000 cubic metres.
Relations between neighbouring Russia and Belarus have been uneasy in recent years over a number of issues.
However, Moscow has supported Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko amid street protests that challenged his victory in the Aug. 9 presidential election.
Russia and Belarus have yet to agree on Russian oil supplies for next year. They have also failed to reach a deal on compensation for contaminated oil found last year in the Druzhba pipeline that exports Russian crude. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin. Editing by Mark Potter)