Russia has resumed gas supplies to Greece, after an explosion at the Bulgarian section of a pipeline that carries natural gas to Greece via Bulgaria caused Gazprom to cut deliveries to the region, AFX News has reported. Gazprom has also revealed that it will resume gas supplies to Belarus after the region settled its debts with the company.

The explosion at the Bulgarian pipeline occurred on August 6, 2007, near Blagoevgrad, 50 miles south of Sofia. AFX News reports that the damaged section was repaired and transit of Russian natural gas resumed on August 9, 2007.

According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, 80% of Greece’s gas consumption is sourced from Russia via Bulgaria. This totals some 2.7 billion cubic meters each year.

Meanwhile, Gazprom had said that it would cut gas supplies to Belarus by 45% after the region failed to keep up to date with the payments plan that came as part of the agreement on gas supplies between 2007 and 2011. The sum owed was reported to amount to $46 million.

However, Gazprom has since revealed in a press release that Belarus has now settled its debts and that gas exports will therefore resume. The Russian gas monopoly added that it would continue to provide gas as long as Belarus meets the terms of the supply agreement.