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Russian Oil Supplies to Belarus Stopped Pending New Delivery Agreements

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Russian Oil Supplies to Belarus Stopped Pending New Delivery Agreements

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Russia has stopped supplying Belarus with oil, a spokesman for the Belarusian state concern for oil and chemistry, Belneftekhim, confirmed.

“The loading of both refineries has been reduced to a technological minimum”, the spokesman said, adding that the shortage is indeed connected to the absence of oil supplies from Russia.

The spokesman also said that the two sides were in negotiations over reaching deals in January 2020.

On the other side, Russian oil transport company, Transneft said that despite there being no request for oil supplies from Minsk, transit through Belarus is operating without any restrictions.

“We are pumping oil as part of [official] requests from oil companies. Since 1 January, we have no requests from oil companies for supplies to Belarusian oil refineries”, the company’s representative Igor Dyomin said.

Earlier, RIA reported, citing an unnamed source, that oil supplies from Russia to Belarus were stopped as of January 1st.

“There is no transportation in the direction of Belarusian oil refineries,” the source said.

According to him, oil supply ceased on January 1st, and any agreements ended on December 31st.

Nevertheless, the agency’s interlocutor added, Belarus still has oil reserves and both refineries are operating normally. In total, there are two oil refineries in Belarus – in Mozyr (Mozyr Oil Refinery OJSC) and Novopolotsk (Naftan OJSC).

At the end of December 2019, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that in 2020 the republic would buy about 22 billion cubic meters of gas and 24-25 million tons of oil from Russia, and at prices not higher than last year. Prior to this, a balance of oil supplies for 2020 was signed in the amount of 24 million tons.

However, delivery contracts were not concluded by January 1. In the last days of the year,

Lukashenko discussed this issue over telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Energy Minister Alexander Novak. In addition, he gave the instruction to provide alternative oil supplies from the Baltic ports and through the Druzhba pipeline, for which he threatened to “take away two pipes from Russia.”

According to the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, it was not possible to reach an agreement, but the dialogue will continue and any extreme scenarios were not going to happen.

Russia’s crude oil output is growing, as Bloomberg reported that it reached a post-Soviet Union high. In 2019, Russia extracted 560.2 million tons of crude oil, which equals 11.25 million barrels daily. These numbers are the highest since the fall of the Soviet Union and are closing in on Russia’s oil production in 1987 when the country extracted 11.416 million barrels per day.

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  • jasmin

    Mr. Lukashenko should finally turn to Europe and to the west in general. I’m sure that by now he
    had enough of the Russian losers who for years are trying to coerce him into
    political union using gas and oil as weapons and to give up his country and
    people to an unjust, oligarchical political, social and economical system. Putin and Medvedev use oil against Belarus in the same way the Americans use their sanctions against Russia. They are not
    willing to provide cheaper oil to Belarus while a handful Russia-hating
    oligarchs make billions and billions of dollars (the money
    that ends up in the west anyway) exploiting the same and many other natural
    resources which by any logic should belong to the Russian people and not to
    Putin and his oligarchs. To Putin oligarchs are more important than unity of
    two Russian people. When will Russians wake up?

    • Ricky Miller

      Whatever. The Russian government has subsidized fuel and gas deliveries to Belarus since the fall of the USSR. And in larger volumes than Belarus needs for consumption. Belarus would then re-sell the excess and pocket big profits. This dust up is because Russia limited the volume early last year to consumption amounts only, to prevent cheaper oil supplies to Ukraine. If Belarus wants to turn to the West, as you say, than she and her people are in for hardship. No one is going to pay their way and sweetheart deal them. And in fact, most manufacturing in Belarus is at a standard required for trade with Russian companies and state enterprises. Producing at the pie in the sky ISO standards for Western trade, and then competing against German or Swedish firms or French companies is going to be a long shot for manufacturers in Belarus. Russia loses little in that case but it simply accelerates the process of an economic union with China, which is Russia’s long term means of survival anyway, at least in the paradigm of today’s economic order.

    • Black Waters

      The true questions is… When will Americans raise up against their totalitarian government before their totalitarian government commit a genocide against them?-.