Russia stopped supplying oil to Belarus starting on January 1 because of a new supply contract between Russian and Belarus companies.
|Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko strongly agreed to continue to buy Russian oil but their subordinates still "freaked out" not implementing the agreement.|
On December 30 and 31, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko spoke on the phone to discuss Russian oil exports to Belarus.
President Lukashenko also discussed the issue with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on December 21. On the same day, Lukashenko authorized the leader of Belarus & # 039; s national oil and gas complex to sign an oil supply contract with a Russian oil company. However, the supply contracts have not yet been signed.
Previous supply agreements between Russia and Belarus, including oil prices, transit fees and shipping oil expires on December 31, 2019.
Russia temporarily stopped supplying oil to Belarus, causing the country & # 039; s export of petroleum products to be delayed.
Belneftekhim, Belarus & # 039; s national energy company, said that its capacity to transport oil to two Belarusian refineries has been reduced to a minimum technically, because of a shortage of oil from Russian supplies.
The company now proposes a temporary solution to buy oil from independent suppliers during the time when Russia has not approved to provide gas for Belarus, fest Belarus Belneftekhim continues production to export petroleum products. .
The failure to transport oil and gas from Russia to Belarus affects both oil transportation to foreign countries, including the Druzhba oil pipeline. The Druzhba pipeline is responsible for transporting oil from Russia to refineries in Belarus and European countries, transiting via Belarus, Poland and Ukraine.
In mid-April 2019, Belneftexim, a Belarusian company, announced that Russian oil quality through the Druzhba pipeline was "much worse."
|Map of Druzhba pipeline leading Russia to Belarus to European countries (blue line)|
Then a series of countries stopped receiving and refining Russian oil. The source of oil pollution was discovered in the Samara-Unecha section.
Transneft Corporation announced that oil pollution in pipelines was an intentional act. Investigating agency Russian Federation said that dirty oil was put into the pipeline to hide the theft of oil.
After that, the standard oil supply to Belarus was restored in early May 2019.
Druzhba is considered one of the largest and longest oil pipelines in the world. This pipeline is capable of supplying up to 1 million barrels per day.
The Druzhba pipeline has northern branches to supply to Poland and Germany, and the south to supply oil to Czech, Hungary and Slovakia.
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