Russian Deputy PM wouldn’t discuss compensation for tax maneuver with Belarusian counterparts

Russian Deputy Prime Minister wouldn’t discuss compensation for tax maneuver with his Belarusian counterparts Russian duties on the export of oil and oil products will be reduced, and the tax on its production will increase.

During the meeting with the delegation from Belarus on December 11, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak did not want to discuss compensation for losses from the tax maneuver and potential gas discounts. The Russian official didn’t want to discuss this, “until fundamental decisions are made on the further integration of Russia and Belarus within the framework of the Union State”.

The meeting was held in a closed circle: the Belarusian delegation was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Ihar Lyashenka and Ambassador to Russia Uladzimir Syamashka, Interfax reports.

A spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation confirmed the meeting to Interfax, but declined to comment on the details. The representative of the Council of Ministers’ press service noted that “the negotiations would not be commented on yet.”

Earlier, Lukashenka publicly argued with Putin about gas prices. However, later the head of Belarus apologized to the head of the Kremlin.

Questions of interaction between Belarus and Russia will be considered at a meeting of the Federal Council of Ministers, which will be held with the participation of the prime ministers of the two countries on December 13 in Brest.

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