Belarus accuses CIS court of delaying judgment on oil imports

MOSCOW, May 24, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Belarusian Ministry of Justice has accused the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of delaying the decision on Minsk's lawsuit against Russia concerning the oil import duties, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday.

Belarus has claimed the imposing of that tax as unlawful.

The next hearing of the case was ordered to be held on June 22.

However, Minsk insisted that in compliance with the court's own regulations, the hearing must take place no later than 30 days after the lawsuit was filed, which should have been on May 21.

According to the website of the Belarusian Ministry of Justice, Russia "repeatedly ignores all the Court's demands and has still not presented any reply to the lawsuit up to date."

The principal agreement between the two countries implied that the duties were to levy only on crude oil. Belarus believed all other sorts of oil products must thus be imported duty-free.


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