Dmitry Medvedev and Alexander Lukashenko, 21 Jun 2019Фото: Dmitry Astakhov / RIA Novosti
The government of former Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev was the most focused on the development and deepening of Russian-Belarusian integration. It is reported TASS citing a source close to the former Prime Minister.
According to the interlocutor of the Agency, the decision of the Russian government on tax maneuver in the oil industry was made due to the need of optimization and is not connected with relations between Moscow and Minsk. Thus he responded to claims by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, who considered the tax maneuver with Russia’s attempt to put pressure on Belarus.
“The previous government have done their best for the development and deepening of integration between Russia and Belarus, and it is not our fault that in this way no significant progress,” — said the source TASS.
Previously on 24 Jan Lukashenko blamed the oil conflict between Minsk and Moscow on-former the Russian government. Also in his speech, the Belarusian leader accused Moscow of using the tax manoeuvre launched in 2019, to put pressure on Minsk. “What they decided to force — guess yourself,” said Lukashenko.
The conflict between Minsk and Moscow in the energy sector relates to the requirement of the Belarusian side to provide her with compensation for the costs it carries due to the tax maneuver in the Russian oil industry. According to estimates of the authorities of Belarus and the loss of the Republic from the maneuver up to 2024 would amount to 10-11 billion dollars.
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