Lithuanian PM: Exporting oil products via Russia would be dangerous for Belarus


If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.

“Delivering goods by rail through Russian ports for Belarus may be economically unviable and strategicallydangerous for Belarus, if we bear in mind that these (Russian) ports freeze. The climatic conditions are very different, which is of a significant importance when it comes to transporting petroleum products,” he told radio station Ziniu radijas, commenting on a recent initiative by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

According to Skvernelis, he realizes that ‘eastern states often make political decisions without taking economic interests into account; therefore, the Lithuanian politicians should also be proactive so that Belarusian goods could continue going by Lithuanian railways to the Klaipeda port.”

Earlier, Vladimir Putin proposed to make Belarusian refineries use Russian infrastructure to transport petroleum products.

belsat.eu, following DELFI

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