MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – Belarus has bought 160,000 tonnes of Russian oil through traders without paying a premium and with transshipment in Lithuania, the press service of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim told BelTA.
“This is Russian oil. But we've bought it from traders and without paying a premium. We took into account the short delivery time,” the Belneftekhim press service said.
Belneftekhim did not specify the price citing commercial secrets as the reason. “But one can note that the Russian owner of the crude oil could have earned more with this shipment even without a premium,” the source added.
BelTA reported earlier that a ship bearing 86,000 tonnes of Norwegian oil for Belarus reached the Klaipeda port in January. Oil of the Johan Sverdup variety was intended for OAO Naftan and was delivered to Belarus by rail.