Belarus and Russia still to agree on oil, gas and tax

Meeting of Putin and Lukashenka in Saint-Petersburg.

Minsk and Moscow have three areas left to agree upon, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin after the meeting of leaders of the two countries in St. Petersburg.

The Russian minister specified that the uncoordinated issues concern oil, gas and tax areas, BelTA informs.

“These are the three areas which remain to agree upon to finalise all road maps,” Oreshkin said.

According to him, after the meeting in Sochi on December 7, the parties were able to fully agree on issues in agriculture, communications, customs and alcohol market regulation.

In turn, the head of Belarus said that the parties had reached a conceptual agreement on energy supplies.

“We have conceptually agreed that next year Belarus will buy about 20 billion cubic meters of gas in the Russian Federation. There are no restrictions here. It’s possible to buy 22 billion cubic meters of gas. With the commissioning of the nuclear power plant, of course, we will buy 4-5 billion cubic metres less. Therefore, we have agreed on the volumes of oil and agreed that we will buy 24-25 million tons of oil in Russia,” Alyaksandr Lukashenka said.

According to him, specific prices will be determined in the next two or three days. The Belarusian leader stressed that in general the price will remain at the level of 2019.