Kazakhstan is ready to consider any proposals of Belarus to process Kazakh oil at the Belarusian oil refineries, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belarus Anatoly Smirnov told a press conference dedicated to the address of the President of Kazakhstan to the nation "Through crisis towards renovation and development", BelTA informs.
The diplomat has stressed that Kazakhstan "does not turn down a project of Kazakh oil processing at the Belarusian oil refineries". Anatoly Smirnov considers that the project can be implemented after the Customs Union is set up within the EurAsEC. According to him, "as soon as the Customs Union is created, it will be the single customs territory and single tariffs what will simplify the project launching". Today high tariffs on oil transportation via Russia are the major problem. "If the Customs Union between Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia get off the ground in 2010, we can start the implementation of the project," the Ambassador said.
Anatoly Smirnov emphasized that the issue of processing Kazakh oil at the Belarusian oil refineries was resumed at the negotiations during the visit of First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko to Kazakhstan in February.