Russia stops Kazakhstan from supplying oil to Belarus, Lukashenka claims

During the meeting on improving the efficiency of oil products for export, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that Belarus could not get oil from Kazakhstan, as Russia would not allow it, the press service of the Belarusian President reports.

During the discussion of the oil and petrochemical systems, President Lukashenka said that Belarus would buy a significant portion of oil from alternative sources at world prices.

“We have to move towards the situation where 30-40% of our oil will be bought in the Russian Federation. We have to bring 30 percent from the Baltic States and 30 percent through Ukraine — it is a proven way. Perhaps, Kazakhstan will be able to supply us with oil if Russia agrees with this. It is strange: our ally does not agree to supply oil from our other ally. Well, this is the situation with oil supplies now, and we have to deal with it,” said the head of state Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

After the meeting, Chairman of Belneftekhim Andrei Rybakou announced the upcoming oil supplies to Belarus from alternative sources.

“I won’t announce it, but there are contracts that are almost ready. This applies not only to the oil itself, but the logistics channels for its supply — it won’t come through ports or railroad, it’ll be other directions,” BelTA quoted Andrei Rybakou as saying.

Minsk, according to Andrei Rybakou, continues negotiations with Russia on oil supplies. The head of Belneftekhim said that Belarus had resumed exports of petroleum products.