Belarus wants to find alternative sources of oil supply to minimize dependence on Russia, are considered and among them the supply through Ukraine, said the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
"currently, the oil in the world. We are considering various options - for example, the supply through Ukraine, " - said Lukashenko said that Moscow is using energy supplies to exert pressure on Minsk, reports Reuters.
But soon the situation will change, said the head of Belarus." The days of oil and gas flow. Future technologies, " he said. Lukashenko on Thursday reiterated that it wished to acquire the oil fields on the territory of the Russian Federation and stated that he had offered the Russian authorities to exchange part of Bashneft for shares in the largest Belarusian enterprises." I sent proposal to your government, let's... Exchanged for shares of Bashneft (the shares of Belarusian enterprises), - said Lukashenko.- Until now there is no answer ". Belarus extracted slightly more than 1, 5 million tons of oil. The two Belarusian oil refineries processed more than 23 million tons of Russian oil and export of petroleum products provides about one-third of the foreign exchange inflow of payments of the country. Last week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that the issue of payments Belarus debt for gas from Russia will be resolved maximum within 2 weeks. Before Novak said the final agreement with Belarus on gas and the signing of the documents is expected in the near future, the fundamental consensus is already there. On 30 October, the head of the government of the Republic Andrei Kobyakov said that the Russian gas for Belarus is still worth 132 dollars per 1 thousand Cubic meters. Belarus for the period from January of this year, conducts dialogues with Russia on reducing gas prices. Minsk insisted on reduction of prices on gas from Russia with 132 dollars To 73 dollars for 1 thousand Cubic meters and forced Russia's transition to equal income gas prices, and did not recognize the existence of the debt for deliveries starting in 2016. Eleven Oct Minsk said that the amount of debt of Belarus for gas from Russia is 281 million dollars. Belarus promised to transfer the amount of the debt for gas from Russia on October 21. However, on 26 October Dvorkovich has said that the transfer of the Belarus money for gas has to be associated with the signing of several agreements, money is not listed. In addition, Vice-Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, pointing to the appropriate the agreement of Russia and Belarus, said that Minsk will cancel the conclusion about the increase in tariffs for transit of Russian oil, and Russia will restore the volume of its deliveries to the Belarusian side. At the same time Belarus declared increase of tariffs for Russian oil transit.