Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Belarus waits for Russian oil

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Minsk. Lack of understanding in the oil filed witnesses that Russian-Belarusian relations are not as unclouded as official Minsk tries to present them. According to information Russian companies do not supply Belarus with oil despite the achieved necessary agreements at high level and signed necessary documents, Nezavisimaya Gazeta informs.

By the end December 2010 the Belarusian Parliament ratified a set of documents for the creation of a single economy area with Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, which was one of the conditions for the supplies in the state of duty-free Russian oil. The first Deputy Prime Minister in the Belarusian Government Vladimir Semashko announced proudly then that Russian local oil processing factories will be supplied with duty-free oil as of January 1. In the beginning of the year, however Belneftekhim Concern had to announce that there is no oil. Firstly the New Year's holidays were pointed as reason after that spokesperson of the Concern Marina Kostyuchenko told journalist that "the two states are considering pricing issues". Furthermore, she pointed out that Belarusian oil enterprises are provided with raw stuff. According to source of the edition, however things are not as untroubled as the Concern says.


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