Matter of Russian oil supplies to Belarusian oil refineries was settled, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said in the wake of his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“The governments had worked on this issue very seriously, and we agreed that there would be no problems with oil supplies. Russia benefits from it,” the press service quotes Lukashenka.
According to him, the amount of supplies will remain unchanged. At the time of publication, neither the Russian government, nor Putin himself have mentioned such agreement.
“We can process 22 million tons of oil. The Russian president pledged uninterrupted oil supplies to Belarusian refineries. The same way, there will be no problems with the supply of petroleum products to the Russian market and to other markets,” the statement reads.
‘An agreement in principle’ was reached at the meeting to minimise losses incurred by Belarusian refineries from Russia’s tax maneuver starting from 1 January 2022, he stressed.
Lukashenka also announced that there would be ‘no problems’ with gas supplies and Belarusi would get ‘as much as needed’. However, he admitted that the issue remained open; Putin said he would think how to help Belarus with the gas price in this situation, Lukashenka added.
Over Q1 2021, Russia has shipped 3.597 mln tons of oil to Belarus. The process of further supplying may be under challenge due to the United States’ imposing sanctions against Belarusian flagships Belneftekhim and Naftan. The new mechanism of US sanctions affects not only the companies, but also those who cooperate with them.