Lukashenko described Russia as the guardian angel and accused of underpayment of oil duties


Alexander Lukashenko, Photo: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes that Belarus and Russia are “countries” and “guardian angels for each other”. He declared it in interview to TV channel “Belarus-1”.

“We are native people, whether you like it or not. For example, in Ukraine many politicians don’t like it, and they talk about some features of the Ukrainian people. Yes, a feature we have in Ukraine, and Russians. But one thing is irrefutable: how would someone not like it, it’s already happened that we grew from the same root. So hence our angelic role,” he said.

He added that for the Belarusian economy, Russia is a major partner. “With this pragmatic earthly point of view, we are each other’s guardian angels, if we go into a high, spiritual,” — said Lukashenko.

The Belarusian leader also lamented the fact that Moscow will transfer to the Minsk is not all the duty from re-export of Russian oil contrary reached in April 2017 the agreement: “We agreed on the price of gas, and we have found with Putin a way out by connecting oil here. The so-called permanezca: when six million tons of oil we could sell, and customs duties to enroll in your budget. Then oil went up, and our budget has got a bit more money than expected the Russian government. Someone from the so-called intelligent liberals in the Russian Finance Ministry saw that the Belarusians are too many got poorer and the Russian budget. And the Russians stopped to transfer money in violation of our agreements.”

In 2016 between Moscow and Minsk has arisen a conflict over gas prices. Belarus wanted to buy it at a price of 73 dollars per thousand cubic meters instead of $ 132. After the Republic had not paid more than $ 700 million for delivered volumes, Russia has cut supplies of duty-free oil to Belarus. The conflict was resolved in 2017, when Moscow and Minsk have agreed on the price formula for the gas in 2018-2019, which was tied to the price in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district.

Video, photo All from Russia.


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