Russia stops oil supply for major European transportation hub

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<p class = "Canvas-Atom-Canvas-Text Mb (1,0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0,8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Russia has stopped delivering oil to Belarus because disagreement existed According to officials from a Belarusian oil refinery in the northern city of Navapolatsak, tariffs are excessive.

The officials informed RFE / RL that deliveries ceased on January 1 and the facility is currently only processing Russian oil that was delivered before that date.

Against the backdrop of Moscow's increasing pressure on Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to deepen integration between the two countries, Belarus has been in a dispute with Russia over oil transit prices for some time.

A two-month natural gas price contract, which was signed hours before the December 31 deadline, prevented the parties from accepting a gas cut earlier in the year.

Belarus is heavily dependent on Russia for fuel and financing and is an important transit route for Russia's energy supply to Europe. And now Russia has just broken a new one Oil production record,

Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement to form a unified state in 1999, but little progress was made in the following two decades. Officials at a Belarusian oil refinery in the northern city of Navapolatsak.

The officials informed RFE / RL that deliveries ceased on January 1 and the facility is currently only processing Russian oil that was delivered before that date.

Against the backdrop of Moscow's increasing pressure on Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to deepen integration between the two countries, Belarus has been in a dispute with Russia over oil transit prices for some time.

A two-month natural gas price contract, which was signed hours before the December 31 deadline, prevented the parties from accepting a gas cut earlier in the year.

Belarus is heavily dependent on Russia for fuel and financing and is an important transit route for Russia's energy supply to Europe. And now Russia has just broken a new oil production record.

Moscow and Minsk signed a single state agreement in 1999, but little progress has been made in the following two decades.

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Meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lukashenka last year did not bring either side together when the Belarusian president complained that he only wanted "equal" conditions.

The Belarusian protests in December were directed against the perceived confidentiality of the talks and rejected closer ties to Russia.

Mike Pompeo postponed a planned visit to Minsk this week to meet Lukashenka on the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to this post-Soviet country in a quarter of a century. "Data reactid =" 12 ">Related: A bullish end of the year for the oil markets

Meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lukashenka last year did not bring either side together when the Belarusian president complained that he only wanted "equal" conditions.

The Belarusian protests in December were directed against the perceived confidentiality of the talks and rejected closer ties to Russia.

Mike Pompeo postponed a scheduled visit to Minsk this week to meet Lukashenka, which would have been the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to this post-Soviet country in a quarter of a century.

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