First evidence, then money. Russian envoy about compensating for dirty oil

In order to get compensation for its losses, Minsk must furnish Moscow with the proofs of the damage incurred, Russian Ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev says.

“There should be a convincing estimate approved by the expert community. It must also be endorsed by the Russian side,” the top diplomat stressed.

According to him, the funds compensating for the damage suffered by the Belarusian side will be paid off after the documents provided are jointly examined.

In April 2019, the Belarusian company Belneftekhim reported on a sharp deterioration in the quality of the Russian oil coming through the Druzhba pipeline. The number of organochlorine compounds in the oil was many times higher than the limit.

Both Belarusian refineries – Mazyr and Naftan – then reduced capacity utilization and suffered losses, as well as damage to the pipeline system.

Only nine months later, Belarus and Russia approved the approaches and methods of compensation for dirty oil. Details of the agreement are not reported.

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