Alexander Lukashenkoon: Mikhail Metzel / TASS
If Russia will supply Belarus oil in the right amounts, Minsk will start the selection of the transit pipeline. This was stated by the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko during his visit to Svetlogorsk, BelTA has learned.
According to Lukashenko, during the talks in Sochi, he did not blackmail anyone, only threatened to take away the remaining oil from the transit pipeline. The head of Belarus said that in January, the country received 500 thousand tons of oil. “1.5 million tons failed to supply,” — said Lukashenko.
In addition, he stated that Russia had not yet paid for the supply of “dirty oil,” although Belarus has failed equipment and damaged the pipeline. “So, if you do not deliver in February, up to two million tons to reach,” he added.
Of default of obligations by Russia on oil supplies to the Belarusian leader said on 6 February. Then he noted that we are talking about four times the failure of the plan. “Not a single resident of Belarus, no business should feel the impact from any kind of maneuvers our partners,” — said Lukashenko.
Russia is the only supplier of oil to Belarus. Minsk has the right to 24 million tons per year, six million Belarusian side is allowed to put on the re-export. In 2019 Russia began to tax reform — a gradual zeroing of the export duty and raising the tax rate on mineral extraction.
The tariffs for pumping of Russian oil to Europe via trunk pipeline “Druzhba” from 1 February rose by 6.6 percent. The Belarusian side insists on a much greater increase that would help offset losses from the “tax maneuver” and the supply of dirty oil, but the parties came to a compromise. To return to the negotiations, the Belarusian authorities intend to fly.
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